Republican Senator Lindsey Graham tweeted this morning that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi refuses to denounce socialism because the ideology has become “mainstream” in the Democratic Party.
Graham shared a Fox News article claiming that Pelosi refuses to reject the term because the Democratic Party supports leftist ideology.
“How hard is it to renounce socialism when you really do not believe in it? The reason why she cannot renounce it is because the mainstream of her party – deep in her soul – supports socialism,” he wrote.
How hard is it to renounce socialism when you really do not believe in it?
The reason she can’t renounce it is because the mainstream of her party – deep in her soul – supports socialism.https://t.co/su1XnSAtVt
– Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) November 10, 2020
In the article, Fox News stated that Pelosi has not returned requests for comment on whether she is against the ideology or whether she would allow self-proclaimed socialists to hold leadership positions in the House of Representatives. But Pelosi has stated on other occasions that socialism is not the view of the Democratic Party.
Washington Newsday turned to both Pelosi and Graham for additional comments, but did not receive a response in time for publication.
Graham’s request comes from progressive legislators who hope that meaningful reforms in policing, health care, climate change and other areas will gain some ground in the 2020 elections.
All four members of “The Squad,” a progressive group of congressmen that includes Congressman Alexandria Ocasio Cortez of New York and Congressman Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, were re-elected to the House of Representatives.
In addition to Cortez and Omar, other legislators, including Jamaal Bowman, Cori Bush and Mondaire Jones, have joined a growing progressive faction within the Democratic Party.
However, the 2020 elections brought tensions between the more progressive members of the Democratic Party and their more moderate counterparts.
In a leaked Democratic Congressional Election Committee call two days after the election, Pelosi told her colleagues that a position that was too far to the left could cost the party its chances of winning the runoff election for the Georgian Senate scheduled for January. Should the Democrats win these contests, they would wrest control of the Senate from the Republicans.
During the appeal, Abigail Abigail Spanberger pointed her finger at progressive legislators and blamed them for the races lost in the general elections.
“No one should ever say ‘defend the police’ again,” Spanberger shouted during the appeal. “Nobody should talk about socialism.”
But Michigan Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib responded that the party must “do a real autopsy and dig through it” before it can attack each other.
On Saturday, Ocasio-Cortez responded to the attacks on progressives with a tweet: “Every single House Democrat with a swing seat who supported #MedicareForAll has won re-election or is well on the way to winning re-election. Everyone. Every single one. One.”
After the Associated Press and other media announced on Saturday that former Vice President Joe Biden was likely to beat President Donald Trump, some progressives expressed fears that Biden might be too responsive to center-left or Republican agendas, thereby creating a gap between how far to swing the Democratic Party to the left.
“I think Vice President Biden was campaigning with an incredibly progressive and aggressive agenda,” said Kate Bedingfield, Biden’s deputy campaign manager, as she tried to allay progressives’ concerns during an interview with NBC News’ Meet the Press Sunday. “Look at his climate plan, for example. It is the boldest and biggest climate plan ever presented by a presidential candidate and now an elected president.
In the 2020 presidential campaign, there was a growing movement of young and old Democrats who wanted to support a more progressive agenda. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, a self-proclaimed Democratic Socialist, received the second highest number of votes in the first round of voting.
Earlier this year, a January 16-29 Gallup poll showed that 76 percent of Democratic voters said they would vote for a socialist president.
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