In the wake of the 2020 elections that saw Democrats’ hopes for a “blue wave” sputter out in House, Senate, and state legislative races, we’ve seen a lot of finger pointing between the socialist wing of the party and the progressive wing (there is no truly “moderate” wing of the Democratic Party, in my opinion) as to who’s to blame. Socialists like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez argue that Democrats in swing districts should have embraced a far-Left agenda, while progressives like Abigail Spanberger of Virginia say that voters were turned off by talk of socialism and defunding the police.
Even Bernie Sanders has backed away from the toxic messaging of defunding the police, saying that he doesn’t know a single candidate who had spoken about defunding law enforcement. That’s a silly argument, because AOC herself has called specifically for defunding law enforcement, but Sanders’ caveat focusing on candidates ignores the fact that a good chunk of the Democrats’ base is still embracing the idea.
In Evanston, Illinois over the weekend, local activists staged a sit-in outside the home of local Alderwoman Ann Rainey demanding that the city councilwoman vote in favor of a proposal that would strip Evanston’s police department of 75% of its budget. Members of the group Evanston Fight for Black Lives say the sit-in is just the first of many to come.