AOC Wants a Party Purge of Moderate Democrats

Is a Democrat purge in the cards?

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her progressive House allies are threatening to run their more moderate Democrat colleagues out of office.

Ocasio-Cortez warned her fellow Democrats on Thursday that those who side with Republicans will be facing a primary challenge, according to a new report.

The intra-party rift came into clear view as it debated a House bill that requires a federal criminal background check for all gun purchases, including private transactions.  The Bill clearly has broad Democrat support, however, one of the bill’s versions included a provision that would facilitate deportations by reporting illegal immigrants who attempt to purchase a gun to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)-  the inclusion of which is a complete deal breaker for Progressive Democrats such as Ocasio-Cortez.

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The Progressive congresswoman said she would help progressive activists to unseat moderates in the next election- these as of yet unnamed moderates are “putting themselves on a list,” according to Corbin Trent, Ocasio-Cortez’ spokesman.

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Will the growing rift between the radical progressive wing of the Democrat party and its more moderate members ultimately fracture or will House Speaker Nancy Pelosi be able to maintain a very tenuous coalition that can present a united front against House Republicans and President Trump?

Right now, the freshman firebrand Ocasio-Cortez is stirring things up on her side of the aisle, but it’s possible she may come to regret adopting a scorched earth policy that could undermine her party’s current House majority.



 

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