Ocasio-Cortez Threatens Fellow Democrats With List If They Vote With Republicans

By Carmine Sabia at The Federalist Papers

New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is taking over the Democrat Party via bullying tactics to get her way.

Her latest threat came in a meeting with Democrats, after 26 defected and voted for a Republican measure that would report illegal aliens who attempt to purchase a gun to Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

In that meeting she threatened to add any moderate Democrats who did not side with her to a list she would create.

That list would be used to get that representative removed from their position in the primaries by another, more progressive Democrat, The Washington Post reported.

Ocasio-Cortez’s spokesman, Corbin Trent, told The Post that any Democrat that does not side with her “are putting themselves on a list.”

“She said that when activists ask her why she had to vote for a gun safety bill that also further empowers an agency that forcibly injects kids with psychotropic drugs, they’re going to want a list of names and she’s going to give it to them,” she told her fellow Democrats, Trent said.

But the moderates are fighting back, insisting that they will not be bullied by a New York liberal into doing what she wants.

“It’s this class of members that got elected that are the reason we have the majority,” Rep. Stephanie Murphy (D-Fla.), a co-chairman of the moderate Blue Dog Coalition, told The Post.

“Many of them come from these [moderate] districts, and their promise to their constituents was that they were going to put people over politics,” she said.

Inside the Democratic meeting, one of those freshmen — Rep. Xochitl Torres Small (N.M.) — reacted sharply to Ocasio-Cortez’s comments and rose to urge her colleagues to respect the political reality of representing a swing district, according to multiple people present. A spokesman for Torres Small did not respond to a request for comment.

Several are also pushing to reform or eliminate the procedural tactic that has prompted the uproar — the “motion to recommit,” which essentially gives the minority party one final opportunity to amend a bill moments before it comes up for a final vote.

Pelosi trained much of her closed-door frustrations on veteran lawmakers, noting that some held seats on coveted committees. “What is this?” she asked, according to the aides.

Later, when one lawmaker talked about the peril of persistently voting with party leaders on these motions, Pelosi responded that the party stood ready to help team players: “We have a massive MASH operation and, frankly, it should be there for those who have the courage to take the vote.”

House Speaker Rep. Nancy Pelosi was said to have sided with Ocasio-Cortez in the private meeting and then in public.

She told reporters that she told her members that when a Republican motion is being voted on to “Vote no — just vote no.”

“Because the fact is, a vote yes is to give leverage to the other side,” she said, signaling that Ocasio-Cortez now controls the party.

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