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She would be an extremist in other countries, too

It seems like one of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s New Year’s resolutions is to continue pushing the Democratic Party farther to the left.

In an interview with New York Magazine, the brash freshman congresswoman from the Bronx, who has endorsed socialist Bernie Sanders for president, said that in a different setting, she would not share a political party with former Vice President Joe Biden when asked she would play in Congress should Barack Obama’s number two man were to win the presidency.

“Oh, God. In any other country, Joe Biden and I would not be in the same party, but in America, we are,” she said, implying that Biden would be considered right-wing in other nations.

AOC’s views would be considered ‘fringe’ in other countries

In her comments, Ocasio-Cortez was pushing a common narrative among progressive pundits and politicians trying to normalize democratic socialists’ extremism by arguing their views would be mainstream in other nations. However, this is untrue.

Ocasio-Cortez is a member of the Democratic Socialists of America, a group that openly calls for the government nationalizing major industries and eliminating private ownership of most businesses. Its leaders have explicitly stated their goal is to end the free enterprise system, which Ocasio-Cortez has echoed.

In 2017, this writer presented a dozen Norwegian economists with a summary of DSA’s views and asked them to rate where they would fall in their country’s political spectrum. Eleven of the 12 said they would describe them as “fringe/far left.”

Similarly, in 2016, the prime minister of Denmark remarked in a speech that, contrary to the claims of Sanders and other democratic socialists, his country had a capitalist market economy.

“I know that some people in the US associate the Nordic model with some sort of socialism. Therefore I would like to make one thing clear. Denmark is far from a socialist planned economy. Denmark is a market economy,” he said.

Wants to continue pushing Democrats to the left

Still, Ocasio-Cortez also noted that the Democratic Party is too deferential toward fellow freshmen who flipped districts in 2018 that supported President Trump in 2016 and needs to be more radical.

“For so long, when I first got in, people were like, ‘Oh, are you going to be basically a tea party of the left?’ And what people don’t realize is that there is a tea party of the left, but it’s on the right edges, the most conservative parts of the Democratic Party,” she added.

She also credited herself, and fellow members of the Squad, with pushing the Democrats farther to the left.

“I think I have created more room for dissent, and we’re learning to stretch our wings a little bit on the left,” Ocasio-Cortez.

Author: Giancarlo Sopo

Source: The Blaze: AOC isn’t happy about sharing a political party with Joe Biden

He set him straight

That one’s going to leave a mark.

In a scathing letter, House Intelligence Committee ranking member Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) told committee chairman Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) that he is “in need of rehabilitation” after the Department of Justice inspector general report on the FBI’s Russia investigation directly contradicted several of Schiff’s previous assertions.

“After publishing false conclusions of such enormity on a topic directly within this committee’s oversight responsibilities, it is clear you are in need of rehabilitation, and I hope this letter will serve as the first step in that vital process,” Nunes wrote before pointing out a series of false statements by Schiff.

‘Your rehabilitation will be a long, arduous process’

Nunes went on to praise Schiff for acknowledging the FBI committed errors in its FISA warrant process, but noted he “dramatically” downplayed “the scale of the abuse the IG uncovered.” Still, Nunes said it was “a valuable first step—a baby step, but a step nonetheless—in your rehabilitation.”

The California Republican then cited Schiff’s criticisms of Attorney General Bill Bar and U.S. Attorney John Durham expressing concern over the IG report as evidence that his “rehabilitation will be a long, arduous process.”

Nunes added that “when the IG identified gross abuses in [Schiff’s] jurisdiction,” the Democrat “expressed full faith” in the agencies he was supposed to be “vigilantly monitoring” and “rejected any oversight whatsoever of their supposed clean-up efforts.”

Schiff is ‘hijacking the Intelligence Committee for political purposes’

Nunes also wrote that if the agencies with “a documented, severe abuse problem” are to be trusted to police themselves, it’s fair to ask why this committee even exists” aside from “being exploited by [Schiff] as a launching pad to impeach the president for issues” outside of his jurisdiction.

“As part of your rehabilitation,” Nunes added, “it’s crucial that you admit you have a problem—you are hijacking the Intelligence Committee for political purposes while excusing and covering up intelligence agency abuses.”

Nunes invited Schiff to work with him on his rehabilitation and asked that he schedule a committee hearing with Inspector General Horowitz in the near future:

I understand taking action on this issue will be difficult for you, as it will be an implicit acknowledgment that you were wrong to deny these abuses and that you were complicit in the violation of an American’s civil liberties. I also understand that such an acknowledgment is made even more difficult by the fact that you’ve already been discredited by your years-long false claim that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to hack the 2016 presidential election.

Nevertheless, I refuse to believe you are beyond redemption. I invite you to work closely with me on your rehabilitation program, and look forward to your scheduling a committee hearing with IG Horowitz at the nearest opportunity.

Author: Giancarlo Sopo

Source: The Blaze: Nunes destroys Schiff in scathing letter: You need to go to rehab for lying and ‘admit you have a problem’

‘I am not a person of color,’ she now says

At a town hall meeting with voters at a Petersborough, New Hampshire, bowling alley on Friday, a voter confronted Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) about her past claims of Native American ancestry in reference to her asserting she was part Cherokee throughout her career.

“What do I say to my Native American relatives regarding the confusion around the Native American ancestry issue?” the woman asked Warren who a DNA test showed is approximately 1/1024th Native American.

The Massachusetts senator responded, “I grew up in Oklahoma, and my three older brothers and I learned about our family same way most people do, from our mom and from our dad. My family is very important to me and that’s why many years ago I sometimes identified as Native American.”

Warren denies Native American claims boosted her career

Warren went on to note that her asserting Native American ancestry did not help her career.

“Boston Globe did a big investigation about this, gosh what about a year and a half ago, never had anything to do with any job I ever got or any benefit, but even so, I shouldn’t have done it,” she told the voter. However, Warren did describe herself once as a Cherokee native in a cookbook titled “Pow Wow Chow” where she submitted a recipe for Mexican oatmeal soup.

It is worth noting that Cherokee natives do not have a strong presence in Mexico.

‘I am not a person of color’

Throughout the campaign, the progressive Democrat has faced criticisms that she is inauthentic, a charge that some political analysts say is her greatest vulnerability.

“If she’s the nominee and says, ‘Trump’s dishonest,’ that’s just the immediate counter: You’re dishonest about the most fundamental thing, who you were and how you got to your positions,” Republican strategist Chuck Warren (who has no relation tot he candidate) told Politico in August.

Warren seems to recognize that her lack of candor about her background is affecting other areas of her presidential campaign, which polls show has been declining in recent months. For instance, Warren has been criticized for failing to accurately disclose how she intends to pay for her litany of proposals, including Medicare For All, which she is now down-playing in her stump speeches.

The Massachusetts senator is now apologizing for having fudged her ancestry. “I am not a person of color, I am not a citizen of a tribe, and I have apologized for confusion I’ve caused on tribal citizenship, tribal sovereignty and for any harm that I’ve caused,” Warren said to the New Hampshire voter who pressed her on the issue.

“Now before I go any further, I want to say this. Like anyone who’s been honest with themselves, I know that I have made mistakes. I am very sorry for harm I have caused. I have listened and I have learned a lot and I am grateful for the many conversations that we’ve had together,” Warren said.

Author: Giancarlo Sopo

Source: The Blaze: VIDEO: Voter confronts Elizabeth Warren over her phony Native American ancestry claims

‘I don’t see the value in taking him out of office’

Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence (D-Mich.) told a Michigan radio show Monday morning that she now favors censuring President Donald Trump, rather than impeaching him, over his dealings with Ukraine.

According to the Washington Examiner, Lawrence told “No BS News Hour” show host Charlie LeDuff that she does not favor impeaching and removing the president from office.

‘I want to censure’

“We are so close to an election. I will tell you, sitting here knowing how divided this country is, I don’t see the value of taking him out of office,” she said. “I do see the value of putting down a marker saying his behavior is not acceptable.”

The representative added, “I want to censure. I want it on the record that the House of Representatives did their job and they told this president and any president coming behind him that this is unacceptable behavior and, under our Constitution, we will not allow it.”

The Examiner also noted that Lawrence told the radio program host that she would have a “discussion with the party and with the caucus” to make her current sentiments known on impeachment, which apparently, have changed over the past month.

On Oct. 4, Lawrence appeared in a different radio program and seemed to back impeachment at the time.

Washington Post: House Democrats are getting ‘cold feet’

Lawrence’s change of heart comes as Washington Post reporter Rachel Bade said that some House Democrats are increasingly hesitant to impeach Trump.

“We are hearing behind the scenes there are more moderate getting cold feet and it all comes back to these [anti-impeachment] ads and people being afraid of being punished for voting to impeach the president,” Bade told CNN.

At least one poll taken in Lawrence’s neighboring state of Wisconsin showed voters opposed to impeaching Trump. A survey released last week by Marquette University found that 40 percent of Wisconsinites back impeaching the president while 53 percent oppose. Several national polls have also found public opinion moving in Trump’s favor.

Also, there has been significant movement among independents who, according to a comparison of Emerson College surveys taken in November and October, have swung 24 points against impeaching the president over the last month.

Author: Giancarlo Sopo

Source: The Blaze: Bad sign for Pelosi and Schiff: Swing state Democrat just changed her mind on impeachment

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