Division Among Democrats Sparks Questions About The Party's Direction

The Justice Democrats, a progressive group committed to upending the current political establishment, funded many of the fresh faces in Congress. If this week’s events are any indicator, they’ve been largely successful.

Minnesota Democrat Rep. Ilhan Omar, who is supported by the group, caused a firestorm by repeatedly tweeting critiques of pro-Israel groups that were condemned by many in her own party, who began drafting a resolution against anti-Semitic speech earlier this week.

The effort to affirm the party line quickly collapsed and revealed disarray; with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi defending Rep. Omar by saying she didn’t understand the impact of her words, Bernie Sanders saying she started an important policy discussion and still others pointing fingers at the other side of the aisle.

Ultimately, the progressive wing of the party’s pushback on social media led the Democrats to scrap the original draft in favor of passing a more generic anti-hate resolution that did not mention Rep. Omar by name Thursday.

Republican strategist and political commentator Ford O’Connell told Sinclair Broadcast Group that though he thinks the resolution of the resolution was a strategic victory for Rep. Omar and her supporters, he believes that the week’s events highlight divisions within the Democrat Party that may impact the ability for it to be politically effective.

“I would say this is a precursor of things to come, in terms of the disagreement between the newer members of the House caucus and the old guard,” said O’Connell. “What we’re seeing is the Democrat remaking itself in terms of its key issues and views.”

Read more from Mariana Barillas at KGBT-TV

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