The Squad stands its ground after Pelosi’s and Trump’s attacks, AOC defines...

The Squad stands its ground after Pelosi’s and Trump’s attacks, AOC defines progressive ideals

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From left to right, Ilhan Omar D-n.), Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) hold a press conference Monday on behalf of The Squad, four progressive Democratic female freshman House members, who have been dully attacked by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and President Donald Trump, screenshot by Doug Christian
From left to right, Ilhan Omar D-n.), Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) hold a press conference Monday on behalf of The Squad, four progressive Democratic female freshman House members, who have been dully attacked by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and President Donald Trump, screenshot by Doug Christian

On the Hill with Doug Christian

(Audio: Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) and Ilhan Omar (D-Mich.) speak at a press conference from The Squad)

CAPITOL HILL – Those were the voices Democratic freshmen progressive representatives Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts and Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, speaking at a press conference Monday. They, along with their colleagues, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, make up “The Squad.” The Squad’s press conference comes after dual attacks from diametrically opposed parties.

The first salvo came from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), who belittled them for merely being four members without a significant voting block, in addition to “their public whatever and their Twitter world.”

The second round came from President Donald Trump, who flipped the narrative from a conflict between moderate and far-left progressive Democrats to an opportunity for Trump to define himself as an enemy of socialism heading into the 2020 presidential race.

Trump doubled down on his tweets from Sunday on Monday, tweeting:

In the shadow of Trump’s tweets, Ocasio-Cortez took her opportunity at the lectern to say why The Squad loves their country, their progressive stand and why they fight for what they do:

(Audio: Ocasio-Cortez)

Doug Christian, Capitol Hill

 

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