Rep. Rashida Tlaib won her primary election in Detroit and proclaimed her win shows the progressive Squad is coming back to Congress stronger and bigger.
Tlaib, one of four members of the freshman Squad, defeated Detroit City Council President Brenda Jones in the 13th District primary, the Associated Press called Wednesday morning.
“Let it be known that in the 13th District, just like in communities across our country, we are done with establishment politics that put corporations first,” Tlaib said in a victory statement. “If I was considered the most vulnerable member of the Squad, I think it’s safe to say the Squad is here to stay, and it’s only getting bigger.”
The 13th Congressional District, which includes parts of Detroit and the inner suburbs of Wayne County, is overwhelmingly Democratic so Tlaib’s win in the primary all but guarantees her return to Congress.
The district was held for more than half a century by John Conyers Jr., a co-founder of the Congressional Black Caucus who died last year. When Conyers stepped down in 2018 amid accusations of sexual harassment, Jones briefly held the seat after narrowly edging Tlaib in a special election to fill the rest of Conyers’ term.
Tlaib had a massive campaign cash advantage over Jones thanks to her international allies according to Jones who called Tlaib out for spending more time making friends over seas than caring for the 13th district.
“As Michigan’s 13th Congressional District Representative, Tlaib has worked hard to become an international rock star,” Jones tweeted two weeks ago. “Representative Tlaib has a huge war chest of nearly $2 million. The money in Rashida Tlaib’s war chest is mostly from people around the world.”
Tlaib is certainly no stranger to the spotlight. She made headlines the day she was sworn into Congress in January of last year, using an expletive in pushing for President Trump’s impeachment.
“We’re going to impeach the motherf****r,” Tlaib said at the time – proving to her district early on that she had no intention to actually help them.
In a video message thanking her supporters, Tlaib said it was not just her name on the ballot but the progressive policies she backs, such as “Medicare-for-All” and a Green New Deal.
“Voters sent a clear message that they’re done waiting for transformative change, that they want an unapologetic fighter who will take on the status quo and win,” Tlaib said in a statement. “We have a resounding mandate to put people before profits.”
As disturbing as the growing socialist movement within the United States us, Tlaib is right, the left is getting more radical.
Tlaib’s win gives a boost to the progressive arm of the left as they have seen up-and-coming socialist voices become the focal points of a Democratic party that is no longer hiding its hatred for America.
The four original squad members are Tlaib and fellow freshman Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts.
The radical squad looks to dangerously expand their footprint on Congress with a string of other far-left victories. Progressive Cori Bush ousted longtime Democratic Rep. William Lacy Clay Tuesday in Missouri’s Democratic primary.
In New York City, Ocasio-Cortez trounced her establishment challenger earlier this summer and former middle school principal Jamaal Bowman upset longtime incumbent Democrat Rep. Eliot Engel from the Bronx. Progressive candidate Marie Newman also ousted incumbent Rep. Dan Lipinski in the Illinois primary earlier this year.
The left is growing more brazen in their push to destroy the U.S. via the introduction of socialist policies. It’s time for us to fight back against this dangerous push by showing up in troves to vote for real American patriots to counter the socialist movement.