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

Rep. Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneyLiz Cheney calls Ayanna Pressley's comments at Netroots Nation 'racist' Lawmakers introduce bill to block U.S. companies from doing business with Huawei Cheney blasts Ocasio-Cortez over DHS dissolution 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 OmarMerkel backs Democratic congresswomen over Trump ESPN host Dan Le Batard tears into Trump, as well as his own network, for 'cowardly' no-politics policy Biden leads, Warren and Sanders tied for second in new poll 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-CortezTop Missouri newspaper condemns GOP's 'shameful silence' on Trump's 'racism' Restaurant in city where Trump rally held donating profits to immigrants Crowd chanting 'welcome home Ilhan' greets Omar at airport MORE (D-N.Y.), Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) and Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibThe Hill's Campaign Report: Stage set for second Democratic showdown Merkel backs Democratic congresswomen over Trump Trump complains of 'crazed' media coverage over 'send her back' chants 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 TrumpCould Donald Trump and Boris Johnson be this generation's Reagan-Thatcher? Merkel backs Democratic congresswomen over Trump How China's currency manipulation cheats America on trade 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.