Did the AOC caucus overreach by threatening to primary multiple Dem House members, especially Congressional Black Caucus members?
It’s getting started.
The official House Democratic Caucus Twitter account ripped into Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s, D-N.Y. chief of staff Friday for his criticism of another Democratic lawmaker — an astonishing tirade that laid bare the simmering tensions between the freshman congresswoman and her party’s leadership.
The caucus’ Twitter account flagged a June 27 tweet by Ocasio-Cortez’s chief of staff, Saikat Chakrabarti, in which he criticized Rep. Sharice Davids, D-Kansas, for her votes on issues to do with the migrant crisis at the border.
“I don’t think people have to be personally racist to enable a racist system. And the same could even be said of the Southern Democrats. I don’t believe Sharice is a racist person, but her votes are showing her to enable a racist system,” he tweeted.
On Friday night, the caucus account took aim.
“Who is this guy and why is he explicitly singling out a Native American woman of color?” it said.
“Keep Her Name Out Of Your Mouth,” it said with interspersed emojis of clapping hands.
Of course the official account knows exactly who he is.
The current tactic is to go after Saikat Chakrabarti using, in leftist parlance, “women of color” who trump him on the identity politics pedestal while bypassing Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez.
This makes sense because Cortez has a large social media following while Saikat Chakrabarti is unknown outside activist circles. And without him, the assumption is, Cortez would be incapable of doing more than filming random Instagram videos. But Saikat Chakrabarti is going to need Cortez to defend him.
And that will make things interesting.