House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) were reportedly furious at their own party members after a couple of embarrassing procedural victories for Republicans in Congress.
And they’re threatening Democratic members to toe the line or face the consequences.
One defeat for the Democrats came on Wednesday during a debate on a bill to require background checks on all sales of guns. Republicans successfully amended the bill to include a provision requiring ICE to be notified of any illegal alien attempting to purchase a gun.
Democratic leaders were angered when they discovered that several members of their party voted for the amendment, most likely to appease constituents in less liberal districts.
Pelosi angrily denounced Democrats for voting with Republicans in a closed door meeting on Thursday.
“This is not a day at the beach,” she scolded, according to Politico. “This is the Congress of the United States.”
The Speaker then told Democrats in vulnerable districts that they would be rewarded with help from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee if they stuck with their party and voted down Republican procedural votes.
Ocasio-Cortez, according to Politico, also threatened to sic her progressive activist supporters on Democrats who were less than completely loyal.
Republicans mocked Democrats for the internecine battle. Michael McAdams of the National Republican Congressional Committee ridiculed the party over the report.
“Buckle up and grab your popcorn because Democratic infighting is already reaching a breaking point and it’s only month two of Democrats’ House majority,” McAdams said in a statement.
“Just wait until the intraparty primaries begin!” he concluded.
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