At The American Spectator, Paul Kengor notes that during President Trump’s State of the Union rebuke of sociliasm, Senator Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi applauded him. Kengor notes, however, that it is within the power of the Democratic leaders to do more to stop the growth of socialist ideology within their party’s own ranks. He writes (abridged):
One of the most memorable moments of Donald Trump’s presidency is sure to be his 2019 State of the Union line denouncing socialism. “Here, in the United States, we are alarmed by new calls to adopt socialism in our country,” said Trump. “Tonight, we renew our resolve that America will never be a socialist country.”
It was a revealing, signature moment for President Trump, but it was also a revealing, signature moment for the Democratic Party.
To their credit, Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer applauded, as did a decent number of Democrats.
If they don’t want America to become a socialist country, then why aren’t they doing more to spare their Democratic Party from socialism?
As a case in point, look no further than the reactions of two Democratic Party stars who proudly carry the socialist banner. Every camera in that chamber caught an agitated Bernie Sanders visibly uncomfortable with Trump’s rebuke of socialism.
Likewise, uneasy, sitting there stone-faced, was Miss Socialist USA, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, backed by a Twitter army of the largest array of socialist geeks since Eugene Debs. She is one of many members of the Democratic Socialists of America, the self-described “largest socialist organization in the United States,” elected in November 2016. These DSA members ran not on a DSA ticket but the Democratic Party ticket.
Seated not far from Ocasio-Cortez was a fellow DSA socialist-turned-Democrat, the delightful Ms. Rashida Harbi Tlaib, who shortly after her swearing-in ceremony vowed, “we’re gonna impeach the motherf—er!” to a room of stomping, whooping, compassion-oozing progressives.
I was pleased to see Nancy and Chuck apparently approve of our president’s insistence that America not become socialist. Now it’s time to do something about their own party becoming socialist. It’s time for them to clean up their own house.
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