House Democrats delete tweets attacking each other, pledge to unify

Leaders of House Democratic factions riven by weeks of infighting pledged to unify on Thursday, with each side deleting recent social media posts attacking each other.

In a joint statement issued Thursday, House Democratic Caucus Chairman Hakeem JeffriesHakeem Sekou JeffriesHarris holds first meeting in ceremonial office with CBC members Democratic fury with GOP explodes in House Congressional Black Caucus unveils '100 Day Plan' MORE (N.Y.), Congressional Progressive Caucus Co-Chairs Reps. Pramila JayapalPramila JayapalBill would strip pension for president convicted of felony Democrats in standoff over minimum wage Democrats face unity test on Biden's .9T bill MORE (Wash.) and Mark PocanMark William PocanSenate Democrats likely to face key test of unity on 2022 budget Democrats blast Facebook over anti-vaccine pages Watch Out: Progressives are eyeing the last slice of the budget MORE (Wis.), New Democrat Coalition Chairman Rep. Derek KilmerDerek Christian KilmerModerate Democrats press for auto-stabilizers in COVID-19 aid package House Democrat says federal workforce recovering from 'a lot of harm' under Trump The Hill's Morning Report - Biden: Focus on vaccine, virus, travel MORE (Wash.) and Blue Dog Coalition Chairwoman Rep. Stephanie MurphyStephanie MurphyRep. Stephanie Murphy says she's 'seriously considering' 2022 challenge to Rubio Blue Dogs push for further action on domestic terrorism Senate Democrats likely to face key test of unity on 2022 budget MORE (Fla.) downplayed recent divisions over strategy and policy priorities.


“House Democrats are a diverse, robust and passionate family. We love our country and are dedicated to making life better for everyday Americans. At times, there may be different perspectives on the way forward. That is a hallmark of the legislative process," the joint statement reads. 

"We will remain clear-eyed with respect to our unity of purpose. Every single voice within the House Democratic Caucus is an important one. We have a shared mission. Onward and upward. Together, House Democrats will deliver For The People," the statement continues.

Tweets sent in recent weeks by Pocan and the Democratic Caucus official Twitter account were deleted as of Thursday as part of the joint effort to move past their recent internal squabbles.

Tensions have been simmering from an emotional debate over legislation in late June to provide resources for agencies handling the flow of migrants at the southern border and establish stricter standards for holding facilities. Centrists in the Problem Solvers Caucus urged Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiSenators given no timeline on removal of National Guard, Capitol fence Democratic fury with GOP explodes in House House Republican attempts to appeal fine for bypassing metal detector outside chamber MORE (D-Calif.) to take up a bipartisan Senate bill that passed the upper chamber overwhelmingly, but progressives didn't think it went far enough to ensure humanitarian standards for migrants in government custody.

When House Democrats ultimately caved and took up the Senate bill, Pocan tweeted: "Since when did the Problem Solvers Caucus become the Child Abuse Caucus? Wouldn't they want to at least fight against contractors who run deplorable facilities? Kids are the only ones who could lose today."

A spokesman for Pocan confirmed that the tweet had been deleted.

Pelosi last week urged Democrats not to attack each other publicly on social media and clarified a day later that her message was in response to a tweet from Saikat Chakrabarti, chief of staff for Rep. 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.). 

“Our members took offense at that,” Pelosi said at a press conference. “I addressed that.” 

Last Friday, the official House Democratic Caucus account called out the chief of staff for a weeks-old tweet arguing the votes from freshman Rep. Sharice DavidsSharice DavidsSix ways to visualize a divided America Lawmakers wager barbecue, sweets and crab claws ahead of Super Bowl Biden: Federal government 'has long-broken promises to Native American tribes' MORE (D-Kan.), one of the first Native American women elected to Congress who flipped a GOP-held seat last fall, "enable a racist system." Chakrabarti's tweet has since been deleted. 

“Who is this guy and why is he explicitly singling out a Native American woman of color?” read the message from the House Democratic Caucus Twitter account, borrowing a phrase from Ocasio-Cortez, who last week accused Pelosi of engaging in a "persistent singling out" of women of color.

"She is a phenomenal new member who flipped a red seat blue... Keep her name out of your mouth," the tweet added. 

Chakrabarti pushed back on Friday and said his tweets were meant to draw attention to "terrible border funding bill that 90+ Dems opposed."

"Our Democracy is literally falling apart. I'm not interested in substance-less Twitter spats," Chakrabarti added. 

Ocasio-Cortez's office declined to comment on Thursday. Chakrabarti's tweets defending himself from the Democratic Caucus tweet last week remained visible on his account as of Thursday afternoon.

Jeffries previously stood by the caucus account tweet, telling reporters on Tuesday that "the tweet speaks for itself."

When asked if the official caucus Twitter account would be used to call out individual lawmakers and aides going forward, Jeffries replied: “The House Dem Caucus will continue to highlight the efforts by members to work on the kitchen-table, pocket-book issues that are important to the American people.”

Democrats have been trying to unite this week after Trump attacked Ocasio-Cortez and her three closest allies, Reps. 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 (Minn.), 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 (Mich.) and Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyPressley says image of Black custodial staff cleaning up Capitol after Jan. 6 riot 'haunts' her DeJoy apologizes for mail delays while defending Postal Service changes DeJoy set for grilling by House Oversight panel MORE (Mass.), by suggesting in a series of tweets that they "go back" to their countries.

All House Democrats voted on Tuesday to pass a resolution to condemn Trump's tweets as racist.