The verbal potshots keep coming in the skirmishes between the Democratic Party’s suburban swing district voting bloc and the socialist squad led by Alexandria Ocasio Cortez and a few of her colleagues. The latest salvo comes from Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib, who fired off a broadside against the slightly more moderate members of her party in an interview with Politico, arguing that the far-Left Democrats were the ones who had a winning message on Election Day.
“We’re not going to be successful if we’re silencing districts like mine,” said Tlaib, who told her colleagues something similar during a contentious call last week. “Me not being able to speak on behalf of many of my neighbors right now, many of which are Black neighbors, means me being silenced. I can’t be silent.”
“We are not interested in unity that asks people to sacrifice their freedom and their rights any longer,” said Tlaib, whose Michigan district is among the poorest in the country. “And if we truly want to unify our country, we have to really respect every single voice. We say that so willingly when we talk about Trump supporters, but we don’t say that willingly for my Black and brown neighbors and from LGBTQ neighbors or marginalized people.”
Now, if I were a swing district Democrat I might ask Tlaib why she thinks she’s being silenced if she’s giving interviews to a national publication like Politico. I’d also ask her why respecting “every single voice” apparently doesn’t apply in her mind to the constituents in closely-fought suburban districts, where Democrats had a much tougher time than those running in Democrat-dominated cities.