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The "Squad" of progressive Democrats continued to flout the party's establishment on Friday when members indicated it should take a more aggressive approach on racial issues.
In a lengthy Twitter thread, Omar contended that pushing racial justice and standing behind "Black Lives Matter," whose activists have advocated "defunding" the police, was a boon to the party's electoral prospects.
"When people single out a slogan like 'Defund' as a catch-all excuse for underperformance, they are undermining a movement of Black activists who stared down police repression as they demanded change in the streets," she said.
"They're also playing into the Republican efforts to distort the success and popularity of the movement. It is the job of activists to gain attention for their cause. It is the job of elected officials to translate those cries for justice into popular legislation."
The tweet seemed to represent a second indirect attack on Rep. Abigail Spanberger, D-Va., who caught attention for her animated response to the party's leftward drift before November.
During a caucus call just days after the election, Spanberger told her colleagues: “We lost races we shouldn’t have lost. Defund the police almost cost me my race because of an attack ad. Don’t say socialism ever again. We need to get back to basics.”
House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn, D-S. C., similarly said if “we are going to run on Medicare for All, defund the police, socialized medicine, we're not going to win," his office confirmed.
At a rally Thursday, Omar balked at the "basics" argument. "So, I was confused because I thought what is more basic than fighting for clean water? What is more basic than fighting for a breathable planet? What is more basic than trying to make sure we get health care for people?" she asked, before adding a litany of other causes.
Omar's comments came at an event promoting the Green New Deal, an ambitious climate reform plan that has increasingly been held up as evidence of Democrats' swerve to the left. Along with Omar, fellow "Squad" members Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N. Y., and congressman-elect Mondaire Jones, D-N.Y., spoke at the event as well.
After her Friday thread, Omar joined Ocasio-Cortez in condemning the Biden team's reported consideration of Rahm Emanuel, a former Obama administration adviser, mayor of Chicago and Democratic mainstay, for a spot in the next administration.
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