Michigan Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib and other progressive Democrats have continued to fight against their moderate counterparts, while tensions are mounting over the direction the Democratic Party will take after it was predicted that Congressman Joe Biden from the center would win the weekend election.
Tlaib, who is known for being a member of the so-called Squad, said she has managed to silence the districts that supported Biden in this election in record numbers.
“We will not succeed if we silence districts like mine,” Tlaib told POLITICO. “If I am not able to speak for many of my neighbors now, many of whom are black neighbors, it means that I will be silenced. I cannot be silenced.”
“If [voters]can walk past destroyed houses, school closures and pollution to vote for Biden-Harris, if they feel they have nothing else, they deserve to be heard,” Tlaib added. “I can’t believe that people are asking them to be quiet.
The progressive wing of the Democratic Party made it clear after Biden’s planned election as president that they would not back down from standing for the Green New Deal, Medicare for All, and police defense-especially since these are the programs through which many progressives won their re-election.
Instead of expanding their majority, as they had planned, the House Democrats lost seats last week in South Florida, New Mexico, South Carolina and Iowa.
The Center Democrats were quick to point the finger at socialist rhetoric for the reason that these candidates lost their seats and why some moderate candidates could barely hold on.
But Tlaib, who was re-elected by a landslide victory in Michigan, and Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who was re-elected in New York, have emphasized that every Swing State co-sponsor of the Medicare for All law has kept its seat.
Tlaib said that these districts will not compromise with more moderate policies-a policy that she believes fundamentally undermines the existence of these voters.
“We are not interested in a unity that requires people to sacrifice their freedom and rights,” Tlaib said.
“And if we really want to unite our country, we really must respect every single voice. We say this so readily when we talk about Trump supporters, but we don’t say this readily for my black and brown neighbors and from LGBTQ neighbors or marginalized people,” she added.
Tlaib represents the 13th congressional district in Michigan, which is located in Wayne County and includes the city of Detroit – regions that became critical when the Swing State changed to Biden.
Pressure on Biden is growing, and he is expected to fill his cabinet with a heterogeneous group that reflects his divided party. With the names of several Republicans in circulation, there is growing concern among some Democrats that the 13 offices will not reflect the same communities that voted for the elected president.
“It would indeed be rather divisive if Joe Biden, who along with Kamala Harris holds nearly 5 million votes ahead of Donald Trump and Mike Pence, were to reappoint Republicans to his cabinet,” Mondaire Jones, MP-designate, told POLITICO.