In the latest political theater development produced by "the Squad," Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and Rep. Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts introduced a resolution condemning Rep. Lauren Boebert of Colorado. The resolution also garnered the support of fellow "Squad" member Rep. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, who “cried” during a publicity stunt masquerading as a press conference about Boebert’s comments.
Yet, for a group of people distraught by allegedly inflammatory rhetoric, its members have no problem making incendiary comments of their own, vilifying their political opponents. Republicans ought to respond to their stunt by addressing this hypocrisy and taking actions of their own.
Ocasio-Cortez, Pressley, Tlaib, and Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota are virtue-signaling grandstanders seeking to manipulate Boebert’s comments to get attention. Their latest performance is a scheme that would make even the most sinister characters on Game of Thrones green with envy. They are a group of politicians who claim to be victims but have repeatedly called anyone who criticizes them or challenges their policies (including even Nancy Pelosi) as white supremacists, racists, sexists, or Ku Klux Klan members. What “the Squad” doesn't say, of course, is such acts are permissible — so long as it is of a group of people that they disapprove of.
Consider their previous words and rhetoric.
Ocasio-Cortez tweeted that “Kevin McCarthy is so desperate to be speaker that he is working with his Ku Klux Klan caucus.” Objectively speaking, there is little difference between Ocasio-Cortez’s tweet and what the "Squad" accused Boebert of doing — associating with terrorists.
Omar, the object of Boebert’s comments, said in 2019 that “our country should be more fearful of white men across our country because they are actually causing most of the deaths within this country.” FBI homicide statistics show this racist statement is also completely false. Omar was never held accountable. She also previously called Trump supporters "white supremacists" and stated that rallies held by former President Donald Trump were “Ku Klux Klan” gatherings — again with the terrorism.
“He chose to speak about me at every single rally. It didn’t really matter where he was — sometimes multiple times in a day, as he had held his Klan rallies throughout the country,” Omar said.
Other offenses include Rep. Rashida Tlaib wrongly labeling a mass shooting in New Jersey an act of white supremacy — the shooters were radical black antisemitic extremists who hated Jews even more than she does.
In addition to these frivolous and baseless insults, the "Squad" has also been allowed to advance bigoted, divisive comments. They promote false narratives about police officers, label the country as racist, and recklessly divide the country based on debunked claims regarding police shootings and black people. They are responsible for numerous lies about colleagues and others, and they always escape accountability.
It is time they face the accountability they so aggressively wish to place upon Boebert.
The only reason that the inflammatory rhetoric of the "Squad" gets a pass is that it has accomplices in the media. Our societal culture enables, and often encourages, its brand of discriminatory, anti-white, and antisemitic commentary and rhetoric.
Republicans in the House ought to bring a privileged resolution to the floor condemning each one of the group's lies and inflammatory comments.