Fox News hosts Greg Gutfeld and Jesse Watters suggested new names for the group of extreme progressives in the House of Representatives, led by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, known simply as the “squad.”
Currently, the squad consists of AOC, along with Reps. Jamaal Bowman (D-NY), Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) and Cori Bush (D-MO). After Tuesday’s midterms, however, the group roughly doubled in size as several blue wins led to new progressive voices in the House.
Gutfeld took issue with Ocasio-Cortez appearing to argue in a recent interview that MTA subway crime spiked after more police officers were dispatched to patrol the nation’s largest transit system.
“That is either the product of a dishonest mind or a mentally disabled one, because the police are a response to the crime. The crime was there first. How can you lie about that?” he asked.
“This just shows you, by the way, we are so nice with our nicknames — Joe Biden basically denigrates Republicans left and right with stupid names and we call them ‘The Squad.’ I mean, how fun is that? Oh, there’s eight more in the Squad. How fun. We should call them what they are … stupid radicals — stupid punitive radicals who have absolutely no solutions other than punishing people — they’re like mini-tyrants.”
“Let’s call them ‘The Tyrants,’” said co-host Watters. “I don’t know whether [Ocasio-Cortez] thinks that the cops cause crime or that they don’t reduce crime. I can’t figure that out.”
Gutfeld noted that most of the seats that the squad controls are in heavily-Democratic districts, which almost never vote Republican.
Some of the new members of the squad follow that same pattern, such as Rep.-elect Summer Lee (D-PA) who won the decisively Democratic seat vacated by longtime, more moderate Pittsburgh congressman Mike Doyle.
Another, Austin, Texas, city councilman Gregorio Casar, won a redistricted U.S. House seat liberal enclave nestled in Texas. His campaign site says he fought to keep “immigrant families from being separated” and supported policies to reduce “discriminatory arrests across Texas.”
Rep.-elect Maxwell Frost (D-FL) is considered another new member of the squad, and will become the youngest member of Congress at age 25. Frost has railed against the “racist justice system” and supports “Medicare for All.”
Rep. Delia Ramirez (D-IL) was sent from DuPage County, Illinois, and parts of Chicago to Congress to be another lawmaker considered ideologically aligned with the squad.
Watters remarked that while AOC said there were other solutions to the crime problem than police, she “just stopped talking.” The host suggested that the squad members have no solutions but only politically charged complaints.