MSNBC presenter Joy Reid said Monday he would join Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a New York MP, in a “war” against the Democratic Party’s moderate wing.
Reid, the host A ReidOut, Michael Steele, former chairman of the Republican National Committee, spoke about his opposition to President Donald Trump and his work with the Conservative Lincoln Project.
He asked Steele how he was treating the president’s supporters in the wake of the aggressive approach of the Lincoln Project and attacks on GOP politicians supporting Trump.
Reid highlighted some Republicans who had not yet publicly accepted former Vice President Joe Biden’s election victory.
“Should they ever be let back into a polite and normal political society after they have done so with the country?
“Contrary to the current iteration of Republicans, who profess to be the usual carriers of the Republican Party, who want to kick people out and shut them down because they don’t like Donald Trump or show loyalty to Donald Trump. I’m not deciding who should or should not be a Republican. “Either it has to be within the party or it doesn’t,” Steele said.
“These individuals have to make this case and stand up for themselves and take it to the electorate if they plan to run under the Republican flag. If it’s in a blood-red state, it’ll never be an issue. It’ll be fine,” he said.
Reid pressed Steele on the question and asked, “Would you ever go to war with these men?” He thought of going to war with Republicans who supported Trump, not against them. Steele initially misunderstood the question.
“It depends on what the battle is. It’s nature,” Steele said when the issue was clarified.
Reid continued to urge Steele and put the question as a question, saying, “This is a problem with the nature of our politics today. Donald Trump has exposed this distortion in our politics in many ways. He also sees on the left. How are you going to fight an Ocasio-Cortez?” When you turn to a moderate or conservative Democrat …
– I want to do it! Reid said. “You know how to talk to young voters and I trust you care about the voters. I think you really care if people eat at Thanksgiving.
“I don’t know if Marco Rubio does. If I don’t know if Rick Scott is interested, I know he’s interested in the AOC. And he’ll fight for his constituents who go to hell or high water and for the country’s democracy. The to hell, yes, to go to war with him. One hundred percent. “
Following the elections, the division of progressive and moderate Democrats received more emphasis. The party has a reduced majority in the House of Representatives and may not win control of the Senate, which has raised questions about their future direction.
Ocasio-Cortez recently criticized Joe Manchin, a West Virginia senator, for stating his opposition to a “crazy socialist agenda,” which could include Supreme Court wrapping and police funding.