The Squad and company want to purge the Trumpist from Congress.
By Alexander Sammon, The American Prospect
Three days ago, the new Congress was sworn in. Among the razor-thin Democratic House majority was a crop of freshman progressive Democrats who received elevated attention throughout the 2020 election cycle: Marie Newman of Illinois, Jamaal Bowman of New York, Mondaire Jones of New York, and Cori Bush of Missouri. Alongside Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar, and Ayanna Pressley, this group of eight, according to whatever taxonomy is preferred—the Squad and the New Squad, or the Squad Extended—represents a progressive bloc that is deeper and more empowered than any in recent years. Already, on day three, they announced themselves as a formidable force within the party, taking charge of strategy and messaging in the wake of Wednesday’s invasion of the Capitol.