Unity against Trump won’t mask Democratic rifts
WASHINGTON, July 20: US Democrats presented a united front this week after Donald Trump's coarse attacks on progressive lawmakers, but the solidarity masks deep fissures in the party as it moves toward choosing a 2020 presidential nominee.
From the most liberal quarters to the centrists, Democrats circled the political wagons and trained their outrage on Trump for his bullying of a quartet of ethnic minority congresswomen whom he said should "go back" to other countries if they hate America.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi rushed to the defence of her more liberal colleagues, pushing a resolution through the divided chamber that rejected Trump's "racist comments that have legitimized fear and hatred of new Americans and people of colour."
But the party has splintered on several fronts, notably economic policies including health care and the trillion-dollar Green New Deal, and issues like immigration and how to care for detainees at the border.
The four increasingly powerful congresswomen targeted by Trump -- Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, Ayanna Pressley and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, collectively known as "the Squad" -- are unapologetic in seeking to pull their party leftward.
The quartet -- all US citizens and all but one born in America -- openly call for Trump's impeachment and accuse him of enflaming racial and ethnic tensions. -AFP