Some Alexandria Ocasio-“Squad” Cortez supporters lost their seats in New York’s primary election on Tuesday, while mainstream Democrats made gains.
It’s probable that Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her “Squad” won’t be able to increase their representation in Congress following Tuesday’s primary election in the state of New York.
Representatives Ilhan Omar (left) and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (right) are two members of the so-called “Squad” of House Democrats.
Everywhere in the nation, including New York, it has been challenging for “Squad” challengers and candidates supported by AOC to get through the primary election phases. Although AOC, who now represents New York’s 14th District, breezed through her primary without any opposition, the same cannot be said for other liberal candidates vying for office in the Empire State.
Congressman Mondaire Jones, who had previously been chosen to represent New York’s 17th Congressional District, made the decision to run for office in the 10th District rather than the 17th in order to avoid a potential clash with Representative Sean Patrick Maloney.
In another New York race, the moderate Democrat Max Rose defeated self-described socialist and Democratic Socialists of America member Brittany Ramos DeBarros in the 11th District.
These elections serve as evidence that the majority of Americans, particularly in liberal New York City, do not back politicians on the far left.
The Democratic establishment has also rejected many of the “Squad’s” demands and objectives, passing at best watered-down versions of them, such as the Inflation Reduction Act and the announcement of student loan forgiveness. However, the “Squad” was a major factor in getting both of these pieces of legislation passed. This proves that, regardless of how extreme the Democratic Party may already be, AOC and her goons have no influence over it.
One the one hand, this implies that perhaps the most radical proposals (like the Green New Deal) will never fully become law. On the other hand, it shows that the majority of the Democratic Party has become increasingly politicized and does not even require the “Squad” to undermine American principles.