The four members of the “Squad” elected to Congress in 2018 have won their primaries in 2020 and are well on their way to returning in 2021 despite attacks from Donald Trump and his allies at Fox News.
Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), and Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) were elected in the “blue wave” election of 2018 that was the first national repudiation of Trump and the Republicans. In that election, Democrats won 41 seats and took over control of the House of Representatives, making Nancy Pelosi the Speaker of the House.
The members of the squad quickly began taking Trump to task, criticizing him for his racism, bigotry, corruption and mismanagement. Trump lashed out, calling for the congresswomen to be “sent back” even though they are all Americans.
Fox News echoed Trump, repeatedly elevating smears against the women in an attempt to take them down, as Fox News has done with other outspoken progressives – especially women and people of color.
Fox even played up the storyline that the “Squad” could lose in their primary races. Fox News frequently hosted candidates challenging the congresswomen, particularly Rep. Ocasio-Cortez. Fox’s claim was that their national prominence was not playing well with voters in their districts, and that they could end up losing their seats.
Instead the Squad has triumphed.
Rep. Pressley did not even attract a challenger in her primary in Massachusetts.
Rep. Omar won her primary by 19 points.
Rep. Tlaib won her primary by 32 points.
Rep. Ocasio-Cortez won her primary by 51 points.
Ocasio-Cortez faced former CNBC reporter Michelle Caruso-Cabrera, who was financed by many of the Wall Street firms who have sought to stop the reforms on big business supported by the Squad and other progressive Democrats. Among those who failed in the attempt to unseat Ocasio-Cortez was the CEO of Goldman Sachs, David Solomon, and Blackstone CEO Steve Schwarzman.
“Tens of millions in big money was targeted to unseat 3 of us as ‘safe’ Dems – almost unheard of,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote after the primary victories. “This is what happens you deeply challenge systems of power and corruption. But the people triumphed.”