Back in the day, the “Squad” would be the “Gnats” — four easily swatted away newcomers to Congress, learning the ropes of power and seniority in humbling obscurity.
Instead, powered by social media and large-scale rebellion on the left, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts, are not so easily dismissed. But House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is trying: “All these people have their public whatever and their Twitter world,” Pelosi told New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd. “They didn’t have any following. They’re four people and that’s how many votes they got.”