The Squad and Friends Lost Big in the Primaries, Lowering Their Status

The Squad and Friends Lost Big in the Primaries, Lowering Their Status

“The Squad” Just Suffered Its Biggest Defeat Yet.

( – Things aren’t looking great for the notorious “Squad” of far-left legislators. Last week’s primaries delivered a series of blows to their radical ambitions. Are even Democrats getting fed up with the extremes of socialism?

On August 23, Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) won renomination after a tough battle against… uh, nobody. But while AOC had the luxury of an uncontested primary, many of her fellow “Progressive” friends weren’t so lucky — and it didn’t go well for them.

Fellow “Squad” member Ilhan Omar (D-MN) scraped through after a centrist Democrat challenger hammered her for her “defund the police” rhetoric. She might have narrowly defeated Don Samuels, but a ballot measure to scrap the Minneapolis Police Department and replace it with a sinister-sounding “public safety agency” was shot down by exasperated voters. Omar seems to be losing popularity.

Meanwhile, Mondaire Jones (D-NY), another radical, came third in his primary, ending his reelection bid. Jones had switched districts after Representative Sean Maloney (D-NY) challenged him in the 17th district, which he currently represents. AOC then backed another far-left candidate, Alessandra Biaggi, against Maloney — and Maloney wiped the floor with her.

The four original members of the Squad — AOC, Omar, Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) have all survived their primaries, but the far-left candidates they backed haven’t done well. This could mark the high water mark for the Democratic Socialists; they’re still in Congress, but the progressive wave they were hoping for hasn’t arrived.

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