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Members of the socialist-leaning House Progressive Caucus led by “Squad” member Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York have signed a letter warning a prospective President Joe Biden not to include any C-level corporate figures in his Cabinet.
The letter, which was leaked to Politico, was also signed by Reps. Katie Porter (D-Calif.), Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.), Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.), and candidate Jamaal Bowman, who is running for a congressional seat from New York.
In addition, 39 left-wing organizations joined in signing the letter, which also demands that no corporate lobbyists be given Cabinet-level positions, either.
“One of the most important lessons of the Trump administration is the need to stop putting corporate officers and lobbyists in charge of our government,” the group wrote. “As elected leaders, we should stop trying to make unsupportable distinctions between which corporate affiliations are acceptable for government service and which are not.”
The letter was delivered to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), not the Biden campaign — but the implications are clear that is who the letter is aimed at.
“It’s not addressed to Biden, but there’s an understanding that he’d be in charge and be the person making nominations,” Grijalva, who wrote the letter and gathered the signatures, told Politico.
The letter comes amid a rising socialist extremist faction within the Democratic Party that is overtaking its traditional left-of-center majority with each passing election cycle.
“The clashes between the left-wing and the center — particularly over economic policy — have eased over the past several months as the factions unite to defeat President Donald Trump but are likely to reignite if Biden is victorious,” Politico reported.
The letter is also the latest indication that left-wing rioting and unrest that has rocked the country all summer will not end simply because Biden wins. Groups like Black Lives Matter and Antifa have been pushing a full-blown counter-revolution, and while they may not represent anything close to a majority in the Democratic Party, clearly the number of political leaders in the party that share the same objectives is rising.
“To give the radical left its due, it is an equal opportunity hater,” writes academician Gary Anderson in a Sept. 13 column for the Washington Times.
“The canceled mayors of Rochester, New York, and Chicago are African-Americans, and both are women. That did not save them from the wrath of the BLM and Antifa activists who now dictate what passes for political acceptability among the far left.”
In fact, if Biden appoints some of the same corporatists that President Obama and, to some degree President Trump, has appointed, that is only likely to inflame the Democratic socialists left even further.
“Like the mayors, Mr. Biden has been — to the extent that he believes anything — a loyal progressive for over a half-century, but his record is too moderate for the Bernie Sanders wing of the party and certainly not radical enough for the revolutionaries among BLM and the Antifa crowd; they are holding their noses and supporting the ticket reluctantly,” Anderson notes.
“At this point, the thin thread holding the Democrats together is their desire to get rid of Donald Trump,” he added.
The letter’s signatories noted that Democrats in a Biden administration would appear as massive hypocrites if the new president relied on C-level corporate figures and other industry representatives to fill out a Cabinet after blasting President Trump for the same thing, Politico notes.
“Just imagine explaining to the American people why those names, with those affiliations, are unacceptable, but similar names with similar-sounding affiliations are not only unobjectionable, but necessary to the proper functioning of the federal government,” the group wrote. “The revolving door needs to stop, not just change direction every few years.”
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