Ocasio-Cortez celebrates 'squad' primary victories: 'The people triumphed'

Ocasio-Cortez celebrates 'squad' primary victories: 'The people triumphed'
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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOcasio-Cortez: Trump contributed less in taxes 'than waitresses and undocumented immigrants' Will Democrats attempt to pack the Supreme Court again? On The Money: Anxious Democrats push for vote on COVID-19 aid | Pelosi, Mnuchin ready to restart talks | Weekly jobless claims increase | Senate treads close to shutdown deadline MORE (D-N.Y.) on Wednesday hailed decisive primary victories by members of the “squad,” a group of freshman progressive congresswomen.

The New York Democrat quote-tweeted filmmaker Ava DuVernay, who noted Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarOmar urges Democrats to focus on nonvoters over 'disaffected Trump voters' Omar fires back at Trump over rally remarks: 'This is my country' Trump attacks Omar for criticizing US: 'How did you do where you came from?' MORE’s (D-Minn.) Tuesday victory against primary challenger Antone Melton-Meaux.

“All that energy and all those dollars wasted, ‘cause these ladies aren’t going anywhere,” DuVernay tweeted.

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“Tens of millions in big money was targeted to unseat 3 of us as ‘safe’ Dems - almost unheard of,” Ocasio-Cortez added. “This is what happens you deeply challenge systems of power and corruption. But the people triumphed.”

Omar herself expressed similar sentiments, tweeting “Despite being outspent by 400%, we: -increased our margin of victory by 9.23% over 2018; Received 92,443 votes — 27,206 more than our 2018 victory; saw 25,000 more voters in #MN05 than in 2018; all with an average donation of $19.18. Organized people beat organized money.”

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Ocasio-Cortez and Rep. Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibTrump attacks Omar for criticizing US: 'How did you do where you came from?' George Conway: 'Trump is like a practical joke that got out of hand' Pelosi endorses Kennedy in Massachusetts Senate primary challenge MORE (D-Mich.) both easily beat back primary challengers by double-digit margins earlier in the summer. The fourth “squad” member, Rep. Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyEnding the Hyde Amendment is no longer on the backburner Fauci, Black Lives Matter founders included on Time's 100 Most Influential People list Trump attacks Omar for criticizing US: 'How did you do where you came from?' MORE (D-Mass.), did not have a primary challenger.

In addition to those three victories, the primary season has seen multiple cases of political newcomers mounting successful challenges against longtime Democratic incumbents, the same trajectory Ocasio-Cortez and Pressley followed in 2018.

Jamaal Bowman, a former middle-school principal, defeated Rep. Elliot Engel (D-N.Y.), the 16-term chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, in July. Meanwhile, in August, Black Lives Matter activist Cori Bush defeated Rep. Wm. Lacy ClayWilliam (Lacy) Lacy ClayFive things we learned from this year's primaries Progressives aim for big night in Massachusetts Progressives look to unseat top Democrat in Massachusetts primary MORE (D-Mo.), whose family has held his St. Louis-area seat for five decades.