Rep. Cheney: Socialism 'driving the agenda of the Democratic Party'

Rep. Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneyAmash storm hits Capitol Hill The GOP's commitment to electing talented women can help party retake the House GOP launches anti-BDS discharge petition MORE (R-Wyo.), the number three House Republican, slammed the Democratic Party for what she says is an adoption of socialism as the party’s progressive freshmen attract an outsized amount of publicity. 

“You see an embrace of socialism. You see an embrace of policies that would fundamentally steal power from the American people and give it to the government. They would essentially make us slaves to socialism. Those voices right now are driving the agenda of the Democratic Party,” Cheney said Sunday on John Catsimatidis’ radio show.

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“Right now they’re letting the most radical voices, including Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez and Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarJohn Oliver torches Meghan McCain over Seth Meyers dust-up 'SNL' mocks Jeanine Pirro's support of Trump: 'He is the Michael Jordan of presidents' Omar introduces bill sanctioning Brunei over anti-homosexuality law MORE and Tlaib, they’re letting them to set the agenda and they’re following them," she said. "And I think that’s very dangerous for the nation. I hope that that will stop, but unfortunately I don’t see any signs that it will.”

Several of members of the House Democrats’ freshmen class, including Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezSteve Bullock puts Citizens United decision at center of presidential push Fix the climate with smaller families Dem Sen. Markey faces potential primary challenge in Massachusetts MORE (D-N.Y.), Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) and Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibDemocrats wary of handing Trump a win on infrastructure Top House Dem calls to launch impeachment inquiry if McGahn skips testimony Tlaib calls on Amash to join impeachment resolution MORE (D-Mich.) have been vociferous proponents of progressive policies as they try to push the party further to the left, including Medicare for all and the Green New Deal. 

The efforts have at times caused headaches for House leadership who have had to respond to Republican criticisms of the freshmen’s platforms.

Most recently, Omar sparked a conservative firestorm over comments she made about pro-Israel lobbying groups that some slammed as anti-Semitic. Republicans have also seized on comments she made about 9/11.

“So far we have not seen that Speaker Pelosi will exercise any kind of control, or that she knows how to exercise control over these socialists,” Cheney said.

“They ought to strip Ilhan Omar of her membership on the House Foreign Affairs Committee … We can never get to the point where … the Democrats [are] allowing [Omar] to stay on the Foreign Affairs Committee after her anti-Semitic comments. Now they’re apparently letting her stay on that committee after her disgraceful comments about 9/11.”

Speaker Pelosi (D-Calif.) defended Omar Saturday morning over her 9/11 comments after President TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Hill's Morning Report - White House, Congress: Urgency of now around budget GOP presses Trump to make a deal on spending Democrats wary of handing Trump a win on infrastructure MORE tweeted out an edited video of her remarks.

The video, which Trump tweeted Friday, shows Omar speaking to the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) in March spliced together with video of the 9/11 attacks. Omar’s comments that “some people did something” — referring to 9/11 — appear between segments of footage and text memorializing the deadly attacks.

However, much of the criticism against Omar leaves out the end of her quote, in which she says many Muslims were unfairly connected with the attacks. 

“CAIR was founded after 9/11 because they recognized that some people did something and that all of us were starting to lose access to our civil liberties,” she said.