The Squad continues to advance within the Democratic Party, now adding a new member, Jamaal Bowman, who just won the election as congressman for New York. Marked by a socialist ideology and speeches related to “social justice” and “racial equality,” Bowman joined the group and began his public appearances reminding Joe Biden that he is indebted to black people across the country.
Bowman, the representative-elect for New York’s 16th Congressional District, appeared Thursday, Nov. 19, at a rally in front of the Democratic National Committee in Washington, D.C., organized by the Squad. As he spoke, Bowman said candidate Joe Biden owes a debt to blacks and brown after helping him with his election, according to Fox News.
“Joe Biden has promised a $2 trillion investment in environmental justice and 40 percent of that has been committed to districts like mine across the country,” Bowman said.
Bowman was referring to Biden’s somewhat ambiguous campaign pledge in which he secured a $2 trillion investment in climate investments, including a provision for “disadvantaged communities” to receive 40% of “overall spending benefits” in various areas.
The new addition to the Squad joins the already known Reps. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) and Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.). Together they will continue to seek to challenge the structures of the Democratic Party and bring it more and more into line with their socialist interests.
It can be seen that socialist ideas, which are born in large part from the Squad, have taken on more and more importance in recent years within the Democratic Party.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), assured that the “socialist wing” is the one that is currently leading the Democratic Party. His comments come after internal criticisms of the most radical positions within the “blue” party appeared, in dialogue with Axios on HBO.
The renowned journalist and TV host Tucker Carlson, on his Sept. 10 broadcast on Fox News, warned Americans of the dangers to the country of the advance of these socialist ideologies alien to the traditional values that made the United States a great nation.
“Anarchism has many names. Right now, it is called antifa and BLM. They are working to bring down our country. That’s all we need to know,” Carlson emphasized in his speech, noting that these groups have the full support of Democratic members.
In recent days, statements by Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), who agreed with some of his party colleagues that socialist messages hurt the Democrats’ chances of winning more seats in Congress, also caused a stir within the Democratic Party.
Manchin also criticized socialism, the proposal to defund the police, and Medicare for All.
“These are not the Democrats I know. And yet we’ve been labeled, if you have a D next to your name, you must be for all the craziness, and I’m not,” he said.
As expected, Manchin received strong criticism from the Squad.
“One thing I’ll say: For the last two years, I and progressive candidates have been unseating powerful Dem incumbents supported by DCCC [Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee]. Not *once* has anyone in the party asked me what weaknesses I’ve found in their operation. If they stop blaming progressives, we can help,” said Ocasio-Cortez.
The Squad is without a doubt the most radical wing of the Democratic left. In an interview that Ocasio-Cortez gave to The New York Times, the internal differences were exposed, “Our party is not even in line, at least not in a real way that shows efficiency.”