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Back in mid-March, I featured a commentary about a video presentation called “The Brains Behind AOC,” about the sudden rise of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez thanks to a radical leftist group called Justice Democrats. It showed that she had been recruited by that organization through an “audition” of sorts to track down –- from a field of about 10,000 –- the most engaging face of radical leftism they could find. JD had other candidates in its stable as well, some of whom had already won primaries in their heavily-Democrat districts and, of course, had gone on to be elected (as Nancy Pelosi has said, there are districts in which a glass of water with a “D” next to its name could get elected), and others who were being groomed to mount primary challenges in 2020 against relatively moderate Democrats.
When “The Squad” of four far-left congresswomen went before cameras on Monday, spouting vague pronouncements of racism and xenophobia and outright lies about border facilities, ICE and President Trump, it occurred to me: these four individuals have something huge in common: they were all backed by the same socialist organization, Justice Democrats. Just to double-check, I went to their website and, sure enough, at the very top of their home page is a graphic featuring images of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of the 14th District of New York, Ayanna Pressley of the 7th District of Massachusetts, Rashida Tlaid of the 13th District of Michigan, and (last but not least) Ilhan Omar of the 5th District of Minnesota. “The Squad.”