(FiveNation.com)- As if the original “Squad” wasn’t bad enough, here comes “Squad 2.0.”
More far-left candidates won election to Congress last week, and are preparing to join their fellow cohorts of the so-called Squad in the House of Representatives. That group already includes Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts.
Cori Bush, who won election in Missouri, tweeted following her victory:
“Squad 2.0 let’s go.”
She was congratulating other very progressive candidates who won election, including Mondaire Jones of and Jamaal Bowman, both from New York. Those three candidates were backed by the Justice Democrats PAC, which supports other far-left candidates who are Democrats. The four incumbent Squad members also received endorsements from that PAC.
Once they officially take their seats in Congress come January, the new Squad 2.0 members are likely to try to push their ultra-progressive agenda.
Bush is a former campaign aide for Senator Bernie Sanders. In the primary race in her state, she supported far-left policies such as a universal basic income, abolishing the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Green New Deal. Recently, she also supported the idea of potentially defunding the Pentagon.
Bowman is a former school teacher who has also supported defunding the police. He has also supported the work of activists who are anti-Israel. This is in line with the thoughts of other Squad members who have consistently shown support for organizations and causes that call for the complete destruction of Israel.
Jones previously served as an official in the Justice Department during the Obama administration. Jones has said in the past that he supports “defunding police and reinvesting this money in health, education and alternatives to incarceration.” He also has said he wants to codify the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision, cut the defense budget and support the Green New Deal.
Many of these far-leftists want to cut defense spending, but that’s an area they may receive some kickback from the Biden administration. Democrat Mark Pocan, the co-chairman of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, said his party needs to take a “critical look” at defense spending, saying:
“It’s a real unique opportunity to be able to both support funding for things that we think more directly support people in the country. At the same time, we can have a critical look at defense spending, which rarely gets any kind of critical look whatsoever.”
Just last week, Bush tweeted:
“If you’re having a bad day, just think of all the social services we’re going to fund after we defund the Pentagon.”
That thinking is likely to meet pushback from more moderate Democrats, including President-elect Joe Biden.
Representative Adam Smith from Washington, who chairs the House Armed Services Committee, said he expects a “big fight coming” between the two sects within the Democratic Party over both the size and the nature of the country’s defense budget.
Many people who help plan the defense budget say now is the most critical time to have a “robust” budget for defense.