Trump fuels a tribal war in Nancy's house
President Donald Trump's playground taunt Sunday that "the Squad" of four new radical liberal House Democrats, all women of color, should "go back and help fix the totally broken and crime-infested places from which they came," dominated Monday morning's headlines.
Yet those headlines smothered the deeper story.
The Democrats are today using language to describe their own leaders that is similar to the language of the 1960s radicals who denounced Democratic segregationist governors like Ross Barnett and George Wallace.
Consider what the four women have been saying.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has accused Speaker Nancy Pelosi of attacking "newly elected women of color." Was she calling Pelosi a "racist"?
"No!" protested AOC. But it sure sounded like it.
AOC's chief of staff Saikat Chakrabarti attacked Native American Rep. Sharice Davids for her vote on a Pelosi-backed bill that sent $4.6 billion in aid to the border but lacked the restrictions on Trump policies progressives had demanded.
Chakrabarti described Davids' vote as "showing her ... enable a racist system," adding that some Democrats "seem hell bent to do to black and brown people what the old Southern Democrats did in the '40s."
The House Democratic Caucus ripped Chakrabarti, "Who is this guy and why is he explicitly singling out a Native American woman of color?"
At a Netroots Nation conference this weekend, African American Rep. Ayanna Pressley declared: "We don't need any more brown faces that don't want to be a brown voice. ... We don't need any more black faces that don't want to be a black voice."