Usual Suspects Cry Foul as GOP Makes ‘Squad’ the Focus of Campaign Ads Going Into 2020
Predictably, Squad member Ilhan Omar responded to the news by playing the race card, because of course she would.
For years, Republicans have made House Speaker Nancy Pelosi the face of the Democratic party in campaign advertising, whether her party was in the majority or not. But the 2019-2020 election cycle is seeing a different cast of Democrat characters emerge front and center in GOP ads:
Roll Call reports on how Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, and Ayanna Pressley are featuring prominently in ads for state elections in 2019:
But as Republicans work to keep control of key statehouses this fall ahead of the all-important redistricting process that comes with the 2020 census, state and local GOP politicians are building a robust negative campaign strategy against Democratic opponents using a new set of boogeywomen that includes Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and Ilhan Omar of Minnesota.
The Republican State Leadership Committee, the organization that helps GOP candidates in state legislative races, unveiled its “Right Lines” initiative for the 2020 cycle last week to support “Republicans in key states where holding legislative majorities matters most” for federal congressional boundaries.
Images of Ocasio-Cortez, Omar and House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler of New York feature front and center on the Right Lines webpage’s banner photo.
Alongside their faces, a message: “Socialism starts in the states. Let’s stop it there, too.”
Further down the page are images of former Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr., who is spearheading a Democratic effort to win back control of statehouses ahead of redistricting; former President Barack Obama; 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton; and billionaire liberal donor George Soros.
Every person pictured on the page is either Jewish, a woman, an ethnic minority, or some combination of the three.
Predictably, Rep. Omar told Roll Call that she was “not surprised that a racist party is running racist campaign ads” which, sadly, is the theme Roll Call ran with throughout the piece. They also made sure to include a quote from an anonymous aide suggesting that the ads will put Squad members in danger:
Aides for the squad have expressed concern that such negative attention on the freshman congresswomen has jeopardized their personal safety.
“It’s different from verbally attacking a presidential candidate, who has Secret Service, or leaders of the parties, who have [U.S. Capitol Police] security details,” one aide said. “They’re specifically targeting freshman members of Congress who don’t have those safety precautions in place.”
In other words, Republicans should simply shut up talking about the Squad.
What Omar, her fellow Squad members who also frequently play the Women of Color card, and Roll Call all conveniently ignore is the fact that these four women are among the loudest and out front members of the party. They make the most noise.
Of course Republicans all the way up to President Trump are going to give them the attention they clearly crave. This would be the case even if the Squad were a group of white male Democrats.
The Squad all use Twitter and other social media platforms as a weapon to mobilize their followers and demonize their opponents. Ocasio-Cortez does this more often than the rest, in addition to tweeting and Instagramming support for socialistic policies like the Green New Deal and presidential candidates like Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren.
AOC has over 5 million followers on Twitter alone, which she uses to her advantage daily. That’s a very loud megaphone.
What Roll Call also leaves out of their reporting is that right under the picture of Holder, Obama, Clinton, and Soros on the Right Lines website are excerpts from an Associated Press article noting their heavy involvement in efforts to “take back statehouses.” Here’s the article they quote from (bolded emphasis added):
And Democratic donors who gave little to nothing to down-ballot races in the past are cutting large checks to groups focused on state races, the AP’s analysis shows. Among them are billionaire George Soros (at least $5.4 million), hedge fund billionaire Donald Sussman (at least $4.8 million) and billionaire investor and entrepreneur Fred Eychaner (at least $4.2 million).
Priorities USA, the largest Democratic outside group, and EMILY’s List recently announced they would spend $600,000 on voter mobilization for Virginia’s fall elections. For the first time, the Democratic opposition research group American Bridge is digging into the pasts of Republican statehouse candidates.
New groups that are focused on state races have sprung up, including the National Democratic Redistricting Committee, which is led by former Attorney General Eric Holder and endorsed by former President Barack Obama.
Priorities USA and the pro-abortion group Emily’s List have been big backers of Hillary Clinton and teamed up in 2016 during her run against Trump to help motivate women voters “in key battleground states.”
The Right Lines page also referenced a Washington Post article from August that noted “The Democratic Party’s future is at stake in state legislative races”:
To that end, Democrats’ state legislative campaign arm, the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee, is racing to pick up as many as eight to 10 chambers to add to the eight they flipped from Republicans in the 2018 election cycle. They’ve raised $10 million already, which is a record for them and more than they spent in the whole 2010 cycle, when Democrats got wiped out of power in many states. What’s more, Democrats are set up well not to lose any chambers for the second election cycle in a row.
So, yes, a website that is focused on key state legislative races throughout the country is going to include information about the major Democrat players involved in trying to flip the balance of power in those states. They’re also going to use the words and images of the Squad to remind people in those states of just how far left the Democratic party has swung in recent years.
This is bigoted, racist, and anti-Semitic only in the fever swamps of the left where actual bigotry, racism, and anti-Semitism are all allowed to take place largely unchecked.
The 2019 state races are not the only races in which voters are going to see The Squad play starring roles in Republican advertising, either.
The same will be true of U.S. House and Senate races as well going into 2020, as we saw play out here in the North Carolina 9th congressional district race (where Republican Dan Bishop won last week).
My response to Democrats and journalists fretting about the use of the Squad’s faces and words in state and national campaign ads: Get used to it.
— Stacey Matthews has also written under the pseudonym “Sister Toldjah” and can be reached via Twitter. —
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The group of dingbat commies were outsmarted.
The Democrats only problem is they no longer practice deception, e.g. we won’t come for your guns, just want common sense gun control laws – then in office go full confiscation.
Now they say so a year before the nomination convention.
The GOP has two advantages. They are flush with cash. And they don’t have to do snazzy well produced campaign ads, they just need to collect clips of the opposition, which daily grow so abundant it is becoming hard to choose the most stupid, insane, or evil clip.
I will add whatever failing Joe Biden is experiencing in all charity, like Hillary failing on 9/11/2016. In his case I feel sorry in that he should be enjoying the proceeds of his corruption and cronyism of his son, but instead wants to campaign and fall apart like something undead, but not quite.
With their controversial stands and opinions on everything, the squad has painted a target on its back. They want to move the country far to the left.
Why give them any attention, why give them a name, ignore their commie butts
Wayyy too much attention
Two of these women are white pretending to be something else. That is racism.
This squad shows it’s immaturity and narcissistic tendency with every time they open their mouths. Between them all I doubt they reach 100 IQ, at least so far as they have demonstrated.
They have pushed themselves into being the face of the party, they have their Evita wanna be, AOC who seems to think she is kingmaker, and yet doesn’t like when the four morons of the apocalypse who pronounce how everyone is supposed to live are called out for it.
Thin skinned, weak minded, intellectually deficient, they are the perfect face to put on this National Socialist party. When the shoe fits…
What race is Ilhan? Surely she is not trying to pass herself off as a Negro.
The original gang of four:
“In other words, Republicans should simply shut up talking about the Squad.”
No, no, lets follow the advice of another Democrat, “If you can’t stand the heat, get outta the kitchen.”
The “Squats” should take a tip from the saying of another “people of color”. The Japanese say that a nail that sticks up gets hammered down. These clowns are sticking way up above the usual group of Democrat dullards, so they are going to draw attention. And a hammer. But they are taking some of the load from Dickbar Al Durbin, San Fran Nan, and the ghost of Harry Reid. So there is that. Adam Schifty has kinda disappeared from the scene, and Fat Jer Nadler won’t last much longer.
They need to throw a token white guy in there. Beto is available.
Or Fake Indian Lizzie Warren, who fits right in.
Catch Lizzie going Broadway (apologies to Betty Hutton).
Beto? Great idea. She would fit right in as a fake woman of color.
“They’re specifically targeting freshman members of Congress who don’t have those safety precautions in place.”
They are entirely capable of hiring private security, I would think. But, then, I have a brain….they seem to be lacking in that department.
Aww! The poor little girls are finding out that politics is a rough game. They have no problem running their irresponsible yaps and doing to other people who also don’t have Secret Service protection (try walking around in a MAGA hat) exactly what they complain about when it’s done to them.
Here’s a thought. If they don’t want negative attention they should keep their ignorant pieholes shut and they won’t get it. Or, better yet, resign, call mommy to pick them up, and go home to have their diapers changed.
The woman in the red dress is quite fetching. Liberal politicians are usually ugly or garish. Gotta have a red cowboy hat or a cheap tiara if you’re really serious about representing something.
The Republicans shouldn’t talk about the squad at all.
Why? They win on issues. Immigration, drugs, border wall, infrastructure, jobs, the economy. Republicans win on the issues and they should run on the issues that win.
But no, let’s just mainstream a bunch of racist kooks instead so that when the economic cycle inevitably turns, the kooks are in charge.
The interesting part of this is
NOT- they are puppets in Trump’s theatre
NOT- the fact that it’s working
NOT- the fact that they are clueless on 1 and 2.
Rather- the rest of the democrat party is utterly silent about this entire game; a game which they are losing badly. The old guard will stand by and watch their ship burn before stepping in. That is interesting.
Oh, like the Republican congressional softball team. Right.
What is most scary of all is how AOC, a vacuous bartender who has been in Congress for well less than a year, already has 5 million followers on Twitter. While most thought she would be a flash in the pan and disappear with her ignorance, socialist platform, and daily stupidity/hypocrisy being her downfall, it is now becoming more apparent how she is actually liked, even adored, by so many Democrats. A future with AOC as a powerful political leader should terrify us all.
Nut cases can gain a lot of followers on Twitter, plus many politicians have been found to have huge numbers of phony followers.
I don’t see her as being a positive force within her party. I see her driving away the infamous “swing” voters who see her ideas as dangerous to our way of life in this country.
The young following her isn’t a shocker. They’ve been school indoctrinated, but reality could give them a swift kick in the teeth and set them on a more normal political track.
Ah, but you see that was racist too. Everyone knows the Republicans hate Italians, right? Why else would they have a problem with such a nice person? Yeah, that must be it.
Steven Scalise, for instance. Why do you think the Republicans shot him? It’s because he’s a Diego, that’s why.
I think the term you are looking for is “Dago.”
I know what term I was looking for. Scalise is also a Guapo. And a Guineaman. Arminius, are there any more such terms I’ve left out?
Wop, Greaser, Eye-tie, Gumbah, Paisan, Spaghetti-bender
I got the first one — Guapo. I thought a goombah was a goon, not any Italian, and I thought “paisan” was what people from the same part of Italy call each other (basically Italian for “landsman”). And I’ve never even heard of “Spaghetti Bender”.
For years all GOP politicians were students of Romney-fu, which is the martial art of “surrender without fighting.” Masters of this art are called “punching bags.”
“Either Jewish, a woman, an ethnic minority ..”
There are at least two blatant anti-semites and one individual of Jewish heritage who worked with the Nazis and funds BDS.
Soros didn’t work with the nazis. But he does not identify as a Jew in any positive sense, and he and his son actively work against Jewish interests.
It is indeed ugly racism to hold their actions and statements up for examination.