Ocasio-Cortez, Socialists Are ‘New Power’ of Democratic Party

House Leader Kevin McCarthy (R‑Calif.) sug­gest­ed that social­ists have expand­ed their pow­er bloc in the Demo­c­ra­t­ic Par­ty, while assert­ing that Rep. Alexan­dria Oca­sio-Cortez (D‑N.Y.) has broad­er say on what leg­is­la­tion gets proposed.

“She runs the floor,” McCarthy told Axios on HBO, refer­ring to the fresh­man con­gress­woman who recent­ly won her reelec­tion bid. “That wing of the par­ty, the social­ist wing of the par­ty, they are the new pow­er of the Demo­c­ra­t­ic Party.”

McCarthy then said that social­ists and pro­gres­sives wield some pow­er over Demo­c­ra­t­ic lead­ers in the House, assert­ing that leg­is­la­tion can­not be passed unless Oca­sio-Cortez agrees to it first.

In the past elec­tion, Repub­li­cans were able to take sev­er­al more seats, giv­ing Democ­rats a nar­row major­i­ty in the House.

How­ev­er, some high-rank­ing Democ­rats in the House and Sen­ate have pushed back against the social­ist labels, slo­gans, and pro­gres­sive legislation.

“Stop slo­ga­neer­ing. Slo­ga­neer­ing kills peo­ple. Slo­ga­neer­ing destroys move­ments,” Rep. Jim Clyburn (D‑S.C.), the No. 3 Demo­c­rat in the House, told Axios. “This fool­ish­ness about you got to be this pro­gres­sive or that pro­gres­sive. That phrase ‘defund the police’ cost Jaime Har­ri­son tremen­dous­ly. I’m not say­ing it was the only prob­lem,” Clyburn added, say­ing that he was angry.

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