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

Rep. Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneyThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - J&J A-OK, Tanden in Trouble GOP leaders clash over Trump presence at CPAC Six ways to visualize a divided America 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 OmarSix ways to visualize a divided America Jamaal Bowman's mother dies of COVID-19: 'I share her legacy with all of you' To address global fragility, we must start locally 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-CortezMore than 700 migrant children in Border Patrol custody: report Democratic fury with GOP explodes in House Budowsky: Cruz goes to Cancun, AOC goes to Texas MORE (D-N.Y.), Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) and Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibSix ways to visualize a divided America Jamaal Bowman's mother dies of COVID-19: 'I share her legacy with all of you' Democrats urge Biden FDA to drop in-person rule for abortion pill 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 TrumpSenators given no timeline on removal of National Guard, Capitol fence Democratic fury with GOP explodes in House Georgia secretary of state withholds support for 'reactionary' GOP voting bills 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.