Democrats admit Trump has them cornered over the squad: “Politically brilliant…”

CNN’s Jake Tapper tweeted the responses that he received from House Democrats about the feud between President Donald Trump and members of congress, presumably the four freshman democrats being referred to as “the squad,” and he discovered that not all Democrats believe that their side is on the side of righteousness.

“House Democrats appeared unified in their votes this week but I’ve spent the day talking to a bunch of them and many are extremely frustrated. All agree POTUS’s tweets needed to be condemned; they spoke under condition of anonymity so they could be candid,” Tapper tweeted.

“‘The president won this one,’ said House Dem 1 of the Trump v Squad (AOC, Tlaib, Omar & Pressley) showdown. ‘What the president has done is politically brilliant. Pelosi was trying to marginalize these folks and the president has now identified the entire party with them.'”

According to Tapper, another issue is what Democrats are focused on and whether it will help the 2018 congress members get reelected”

“The president’s words and actions speak for themselves. We need to focus on the issues that got them here: jobs, health care, instead of the issues the president brings up deliberately,” said the second Democrat. “Anything that takes away from bread and butter issues is playing into his hands.”

“Other House Democrats are conflicted about having to defend the Squad given things they’ve said and done,” Tapper said. “House Dems cited: talk of supporting challengers to incumbent Dems in primaries, AOC’s use of the term ‘concentration camps,’ anti-Semitic comments by Tlaib & Omar.”

According to Tapper, this is a problem for some Democrats.

“Everybody was completely outraged by what the president said,” said House Dem 3, “and everybody thought it was appropriate to criticize him…but this was the *first* time the House has taken action to criticize him in any way, We couldn’t even bring ourselves to have a resolution exclusively condemning anti-Semitism uttered by one of those members” — Omar — “but we leapt to their defense here.”

Several Democrats also told the CNN host that Omar and Tlaib’s resolution to affirm Americans rights to boycott is as an expression of support for the anti-Israel BDS (boycott, divest, and sanction) is a movement that most of them oppose.

“So we’ll hear a tirade of attacks on Israel from the same group,” said House Dem 3. “Hopefully they won’t be anti-Semitic.”

One of the Democrats also brought up that the bill coming “from someone with a history of anti-Semitism” is “challenging.”

The same Democrat recalled that “less than 2 weeks ago when members of our caucus were trying to support funds for children at the border,” the Squad was arguing that “we’re pro-putting kids in cages, we’re against human rights. So there’s frustration.”

Another Democrat noted what seemed to be an inequality of a small group requiring other Democrats to stand by them when the group themselves don’t stand by all Democrats.

“I can’t tell you the number of Members who are angry and annoyed about them criticizing us,” said House Dem 3.

According to Tapper’s interviews, AOC, in particular, “gives her chief of staff license to get candidates to run against her colleagues and to go after them on social media. It makes people’s skin crawl,” said House Dem 3.

House Dem 4 summed it up for the CNN anchor: “We were there for them; they should stop attacking us.”