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GOP congresswoman-elect wants to form Republican 'Squad' called 'The Force'

GOP congresswoman-elect wants to form Republican 'Squad' called 'The Force'
© Screenshot/ Maria Elvira Salazar

Florida GOP Congresswoman-elect Maria Elvira Salazar is seeking to form her own version of "the Squad" with Republican first-term members of Congress, according to NBC News.

“I want to create a force within my freshman class that will have to be reckoned with. A force of reason, a force for freedom, a force for democracy,” Salazar told NBC News.

Salazar, a Cuban American and former broadcast journalist, joined one of the most diverse freshman Republican classes ever when she defeated Rep. Donna ShalalaDonna Edna ShalalaIt's time for a second Conference on Food, Nutrition and Health Biden's new challenge: Holding Trump accountable Trump, Florida complicate Biden approach to Cuba MORE (D) to represent Florida in November. A total of eight incoming congressmen and women identify as a person of color or a minority, according to NBC News.

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"The Force," which has been embraced by newcomers like Nicole Malliotakis (R) and Victoria Spartz (R), seeks to dismantle what it views as "democratic socialism."

“When I hear this democratic socialism that is being presented within the Democratic Party, I can only tell you that only brings misery, oppression and exile. And how do I know? Because I have lived it and I have covered it,” Salazar said, according to NBC News.

Nicole Malliotakis (R), who is Greek American and is set to represent New York City in Congress, agreed.  

“We need to form our own ‘Squad.’ We have a group of new Republicans who love America. We value freedom, liberty and opportunity,” Malliotakis told The New York Post.

Spartz, who will represent Indiana, grew up in Ukraine and said that she has noticed similarities between her home country and the U.S.

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“I grew up in a socialistic country, the Socialist Republic of Ukraine," she told Fox News. "I saw what happens when it runs out of money and it is not pretty. And now we’re building socialism. I’m kind of going full circles. I can tell you what is going to be next. It’s very sad for me to see that.”

"The Squad" was formed by Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezBiden officials urge patience on immigration amid border surge Clinton: Allegations against Cuomo 'raise serious questions,' deserve probe Ocasio-Cortez: wage only 'socialist' to those in 'dystopian capitalist nightmare' MORE (D-N.Y.), Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarProgressives push White House to overturn wage ruling Mehdi Hasan gets MSNBC Sunday prime-time show Six ways to visualize a divided America MORE (D-Minn.), 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 (D-Mass.) and Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibProgressives push White House to overturn wage ruling Six ways to visualize a divided America Jamaal Bowman's mother dies of COVID-19: 'I share her legacy with all of you' MORE (D-Mich.) in 2018. All four women were reelected to Congress in this year's election.

“I mean it sounds ridiculous to me. I think they think they’re in high school. We’re in Congress,” Omar said in response to the new group, NBC News reported.