Conservatives versus progressive legislators led the U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) clashing with Chief Justice Jerry Nadler (D–N.Y.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D–N.Y.) and others.
The discord’s cause was Pelosi’s support of Democratic Representative Joe Kennedy III over progressive Senator Ed Markey, both of Massachusetts. Markey is backed by Nadler, Schumer, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, for the Massachusetts Senate primary, according to Fox News on August 26.
“There is no doubt in my mind that Ed Markey is the right candidate to fight for the working families in Massachusetts and bring bold, progressive ideas to Congress,” Nadler said of his favorite senator, according to The Hill.
Nadler also praised Markey’s performance in climate action, universal health care, and social justice.
Pelosi was supported in her decision on Kennedy by Reps. Mark Pocan, (D-Wis.), and Rep. John Lewis, (now deceased.)
As expected, progressives who support Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez expressed their discontent with Pelosi by saying that the movement “reeks of hypocrisy,” alluding to the Democratic Party applying two standards, one for leftists and a completely different one for the establishment.
For her part, Pelosi praised the courage of Kennedy, her chosen candidate.
“Never before have times demanded that we elect courageous leaders like today, so I am pleased to join so many of my colleagues in supporting Joe Kennedy III for the Senate,” Pelosi said, according to Bloomberg.
The Senate’s primary vote will be held on September 1, and the polls favor Markey.
On the other hand, the proximity of the presidential election makes the U.S. political environment increasingly heated.
The Democratic Party’s markedly leftist tendency has generated misgivings among analysts, who consider the Democratic presidential candidate, Joe Biden, to be the most leftist ever.
In this sense, the campaign of U.S. President Donald Trump, who is working for his reelection, is relentless in revealing the aspects of Biden’s agenda that it considers most alarming.
“Joe Biden is too weak to be president and too weak to stand up to the radical left. He’s nothing more than an empty vessel for the extremist fringe of the Democrat Party, a terrifying cabal which now includes active communist leaders,” Trump’s campaign said.