Representative Liz Cheney (R., Wyo.) hit socialist Democrats over their policy proposals during the House Republican Leadership Press Conference.
"Our opposition to our socialist colleagues has absolutely nothing to do with their gender, with their religion, or with their race. It has to do with the content of their policies," Cheney said, "They are wrong when they attempt to impose the fraud of socialism on the American people. They are wrong when they pursue policies that would steal power from the American people and give that power to the government."
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Cheney said they were wrong on a list of policies, including partial-birth and late term abortion, opposition to the Born Alive Act, abolishing ICE and DHS and supporting open borders, abolishing private health insurance, and packing the Supreme Court. Cheney also hit Democrats over a vote on a $15 federal minimum wage expected to take place on Tuesday. The Congressional Budget Office estimated that the increased minimum wage would cost 1.3 million people their jobs, with a potential maximum of 3.7 million people being thrown out of work. "That is not compassion," Cheney said, "That is callousness born of ignorance."
The press conference comes in the midst of controversy over four progressive Democratic lawmakers. Called "The Squad" by many in the media, they are Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (N.Y.), Ilhan Omar (Mich.), Ayanna Pressley (Mass.), and Rashida Tlaib (Minn.). Cheney hit Pressley specifically, saying it was wrong for her to say "that any individual seat at the table is only valuable, only legitimate, if that person espouses some pre-approved set of beliefs," referencing Pressley's comments to Netroots Nation where she said, "we don’t need any more brown faces that don’t want to be a brown voice."
Cheney also hit Democrats for not condemning anti-semitism, a reference to Democrats passing a generalized anti-hate resolution in response to Omar accusing pro-Israel advocates of dual loyalty by pushing "allegiance to a foreign country."