Despite some vocal disagreements over the course of the current congressional session, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is showing solidarity with the more progressive freshmen lawmakers affectionately referred to by some as “the Squad.”
As one recent example, she endorsed U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) in a statement on Wednesday, as reported by the Washington Free Beacon.
“Proud to endorse her for re-election”
Praising her for always “fighting for her district, which she is proud to represent,” Pelosi said that she was “proud to endorse [Tlaib] for re-election.”
Next week’s primary election pits Tlaib against Detroit City Council President Brenda Jones to determine which Democrat will compete in November’s general election.
Pelosi’s endorsement might come as a surprise to some who have witnessed the intraparty squabbles of the past two years.
Last summer, Pelosi engaged in a feud of sorts, proclaiming that her far-left colleagues amounted to little more than social media influencers.
“They don’t have any following”
“All these people have their public whatever and their Twitter world,” she said. “But they don’t have any following. They’re four people and that’s how many votes they got.”
President Donald Trump apparently played a role in mending those rifts, however, when he opined that the progressive lawmakers should “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.”
Trump’s subsequent impeachment trial further cemented the unity between Democratic Party factions. Tlaib earned mixed reviews early on in her political career for a partisan rant in which she advocated impeachment and called the president a vulgar slur.
While there are still obvious differences between more traditional Democrats and the next generation of congressional progressives, the upcoming opportunity to vote Trump out of office is proving to be a coalescing factor.
Of course, plenty of Americans are just as eager to prevent Biden from making Trump a one-term president. Only time will tell which camp will be most motivated to make it to the polls in November.