Republican Congressman Chip Roy claims House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is no longer the Democrats’ “leading tactician” but stands behind the four freshmen members of “the squad” when it comes to leading the Democratic conference.
In an op-ed for the Washington Examiner, Roy claimed: “Now I know there isn’t just one speaker, there are four.”
Speaking of Congresswomen Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, and Ayanna Pressley, Roy continued: “They’ve flanked Pelosi from the Left and stolen her mantle as the leader of the so-called progressives.”
Here’s more from the Republican congressman, via the Washington Examiner:
House Democrats launched a campaign to undermine her bid for speaker. It was almost successful, too. Only after she privately lobbied Ocasio-Cortez and acquiesced to demands she support a term limits deal on the speakership was Pelosi able to narrowly evade massive embarrassment. At least, she thought.
Traditionally, the speaker of the House sets the legislative agenda, gives the party marching orders, and ensures that rank-and-file members fall into place. On all fronts, Pelosi is failing miserably.
Roy argues Ocasio-Cortez has taken a leadership role within the squad, standing toe-to-toe with Pelosi on several occasions and introducing “the only piece of legislation to become a household name so far this year” in the Green New Deal.
Tlaib has taken to “the post of field general” as she quickly, mere hours after being sworn into office, made a name for herself in wanting to impeach President Trump.
Roy said Omar has boxed in Pelosi and Democratic Majority Leader Steny Hoyer as her rhetoric has them walking a fine line between showing the public that they have their party under control and criticizing her radical language.
Here’s even more:
Both Pelosi and Hoyer have been vocal supporters of Israel for decades. But since Omar came to town they can’t even condemn her naked anti-Semitism and even put her on the House Foreign Affairs Committee to spew Hamas talking points. To their credit, Pelosi and Hoyer did try to condemn Omar’s now infamous anti-Semitic tweet, “It’s all about the Benjamins baby.” But something went awry. The resolution condemning anti-Semitism somehow transformed to a watered-down resolution condemning “hate.”
Omar got the message: She can say any hateful thing she wants without reproach! It didn’t take her long to suggest American servicemembers were “terrorists,” blame the U.S. for devastation in Venezuela, and share Hamas propaganda on Twitter. Neither Pelosi, nor anyone from her party’s leadership, has lifted a finger to stop it. Why? They are terrified.
“The House and the Democrats are in disarray,” the Texas Republican concluded, noting Pelosi was first elected to a post within the Democratic National Committee 43 years ago—before these freshmen members were even born.Note: The author of this article has included commentary that expresses an opinion and analysis of the facts.