- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Attacks on firebrand progressive Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, and Ilhan Omar are serving to strengthen Democrats’ liberal base, Rep. Mark Pocan said Tuesday.

The Wisconsin Democrat and co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus said conservatives are attacking the three women because of identity politics and “fear.”

“They’re smart women of color, two of them happen to be Muslim,” he said. “So between AOC, Rashida and Ilhan — that hits every box [conservatives have] told people to fear for a long time.”

However, Mr. Pocan said the backlash against Ms. Ocasio-Cortez, Ms. Tlaib and Ms. Omar would only serve to bolster their support with progressives, especially on social media platforms.

“Quite honestly, that gives them more power,” he said.

They flexed that power last week when Democratic leaders wrote a resolution chastising Ms. Omar for remarks many Jewish lawmakers deemed anti-Semitic. After an outcry by Ms. Ocasio-Cortez and liberal pressure groups, Democratic leaders retreated and rewrote the resolution to also condemn white supremacists and Islamophobia.

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