House Democrats find themselves in the perilous position of being pulled apart by traditional and progressive party members. This has put some in the tricky position of finding a way to not appear to be holding back ambitious pieces of legislation such as the Green New Deal, while balancing the reality of what the American economy can handle.
According to a recent report in The Hill, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has been tasked with pulling her party together in a time when high profile rifts are headline news.
The speaker and other Democratic leadership have downplayed flare-ups between her party as part of being diverse and in the majority.
“I just think that we lose too many battles up here arguing over the stuff that’s kind of silly to argue over,” Rep. James Clyburn (S.C.), the Democratic whip and member of the Congressional Black Caucus, said during an interview in his office in the Capitol according to The Hill.
“Everybody talks about how diverse this Congress is. This Congress is not diverse; the Democratic Caucus is diverse,” he continued, noting that the GOP conference has only one black member. “We’ve got 53 black people in our caucus. How many Muslims do you think are in their caucus?
“So, it’s going to be different for us.”
However, radical ideas put forward by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez about the end of the world, and how she intends to stop it, along with anti-Semitic comments by Muslim Rep. Ilhan Omar have continued to plague the party.
“I think we need to talk about white supremacy in our country very much more directly than that resolution did in the first place,” Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), the other Muslim woman to join Congress this year, said Wednesday. “And I think we’ve been heard.”
President Donald Trump was happy to jump in and reprimand the Democratic majority congress in their time of dissension:
“It is shameful that House Democrats won’t take a stronger stand against Anti-Semitism in their conference,” Trump tweeted Wednesday. “Anti-Semitism has fueled atrocities throughout history and it’s inconceivable they will not act to condemn it!”
It is shameful that House Democrats won’t take a stronger stand against Anti-Semitism in their conference. Anti-Semitism has fueled atrocities throughout history and it’s inconceivable they will not act to condemn it!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 6, 2019
However, she has a plan to keep them in line, and advised lawmakers: “Don’t question the motivations of our colleagues” and that they should downplay the division among the party, lest the media decides to run with it.
“If you say the bacon is not crispy enough, they’ll have an article about this unrest and unease in the Democratic Party,” Pelosi said.