A Thursday internal Democratic caucus call turned into a driveway domestic dispute for all the neighbors to see.
A peek into Democrat lawmakers fighting with each other was supplied … by themselves. The growing internal tension between progressives and moderates in the Democratic Party was on display in the afternoon when comments on a caucus call were leaked in live time to tweeting Capitol Hill reporters.
“Some of my colleagues are literally live-leaking our internal Dem Caucus call right now to CNN, The Hill, NBC, Politico, etc,” California Rep. Jared Huffman tweeted. “I’ve gotten texts from 3 different reporters asking me to live-leak juicy details to them. No. We (Dems and the media) need to stop this nonsense.”
Virginia Rep. Abigail Spanberger blamed “defund the police” movements for costing the Democrats in congressional elections this week. “We are supposed to talk about things in a way where we mean what we’re talking about,” Spanberger said on audio obtained by The Washington Post. “If we don’t mean we should defund the police, we shouldn’t say that.
“And we need to not ever use the word ‘socialist’ or ‘socialism’ ever again, because while people think it doesn’t matter, it does matter. And we lost good members because of that,” she continued. “And if we are classifying Tuesday as a success from a congressional standpoint, we will get (expletive) torn apart in 2022.”
New York Rep. Hakeem Jeffries joined the three-hour call to tell colleagues to stop leaking what was being said on the caucus. Spanberger also asked that her comments not be shared. Florida Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell cried while asking for Twitter feuds to stop.
“I hope any of you who have something to report or feedback will come to me,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said.