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 JeffriesLive coverage: Witnesses say Trump committed impeachable offenses Pelosi faces tough choices on impeachment managers Lawmakers turn attention to potential witnesses at Judiciary impeachment hearings MORE (N.Y.), Congressional Progressive Caucus Co-Chairs Reps. Pramila JayapalPramila JayapalOvernight Health Care — Presented by Johnson & Johnson – House progressives may try to block vote on Pelosi drug bill | McConnell, Grassley at odds over Trump-backed drug pricing bill | Lawmakers close to deal on surprise medical bills Hillicon Valley: FTC rules Cambridge Analytica engaged in 'deceptive practices' | NATO researchers warn social media failing to remove fake accounts | Sanders calls for breaking up Comcast, Verizon House Democrat presses Google executives for answers on handling of health data MORE (Wash.) and Mark PocanMark William PocanHouse progressives may try to block vote on Pelosi drug bill Overnight Health Care: House to vote next week on drug prices bill | Conway says Trump trying to find 'balance' on youth vaping | US spent trillion on hospitals in 2018 Progressive leader warns members could vote no on drug price bill as it stands MORE (Wis.), New Democrat Coalition Chairman Rep. Derek KilmerDerek Christian KilmerHouse extends Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress for another year Progressive freshmen jump into leadership PAC fundraising Hillicon Valley: Zuckerberg to testify on Libra | Extremists find home on Telegram app | Warren blasts Facebook for not removing anti-Biden ad | California outlaws facial recognition in police body cameras | China rips US tech sanctions MORE (Wash.) and Blue Dog Coalition Chairwoman Rep. Stephanie MurphyStephanie MurphyBlue Dogs issue new call for House leaders to abide by pay-go rule Trump administration unveils new plan for notifying public on 2020 election interference Overnight Health Care: House Dems clash over Pelosi drug pricing bill | Senate blocks effort to roll back Trump ObamaCare moves | Number of uninsured children rises 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 PelosiPence: It's not a "foregone conclusion" that lawmakers impeach Trump Democrats open door to repealing ObamaCare tax in spending talks Sunday talk shows: Lawmakers gear up ahead of Monday's House Judiciary hearing 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-CortezSanders, Omar to hit campaign trail in New Hampshire Ocasio-Cortez: 'Won't you look at that: Amazon is coming to NYC anyway' House approves two-state resolution in implicit rebuke of Trump 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 DavidsWarren adds Ayanna Pressley as campaign co-chair Overnight Health Care: Democratic group to only endorse AG candidates who back abortion rights | Protect Our Care launches seven-figure ad buy to boost vulnerable Dems | California sues Juul Group launches seven-figure ad buy boosting vulnerable Democrats on drug prices 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 OmarSanders, Omar to hit campaign trail in New Hampshire House approves two-state resolution in implicit rebuke of Trump Al Green calls for including Trump's 'racism' in impeachment articles MORE (Minn.), Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibSanders, Omar to hit campaign trail in New Hampshire House approves two-state resolution in implicit rebuke of Trump House moves ahead on long-stalled resolution supporting two states for Israelis and Palestinians MORE (Mich.) and Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleySanders, Omar to hit campaign trail in New Hampshire Booker unveils legislation for federal bill to ban discrimination against natural hair House approves two-state resolution in implicit rebuke of Trump 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.