Politics

The Squad’s 4th of July Antics

Thursday marked America’s 248th birthday, a day when one might expect some patriotic pride from our elected officials. However, when it comes to the Squad, the responses were varied, to say the least. By late Friday morning, some members hadn’t even acknowledged Independence Day. Apparently, celebrating the nation’s founding is just too mainstream for them.

Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) set the bar particularly low. Instead of mentioning the 4th of July, she used her X account to discuss the Union Auto Workers’ stance on Gaza. Her official account was silent on the holiday. Maybe she missed the memo about it being America’s birthday?

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) did acknowledge the 4th of July, but of course, she couldn’t resist a political twist. Alongside posts about her participation in a local parade, she shared union-related content. “Red. White. And Strike,” her post read, a creative spin on “Red. White. And Blue,” expressing solidarity with striking Minneapolis park board workers, complete with a nearly four-minute video. Nothing says “Happy 4th” like a labor dispute, right?

Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) chose to post an old congressional hearing clip on the 4th of July, promoting Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) to advance “racial and economic justice.” Her account later managed to squeeze in a brief mention of the holiday. How patriotic.

Rep. Delia Ramirez (D-IL) did post about the holiday, celebrating “the diverse ideals, values, and experiences that comprise the fabric of our nation.” She also used the day to mark the anniversary of the Highland Park shooting, highlighting her co-sponsorship of gun control legislation. Because what better way to celebrate Independence Day than by pushing political agendas?

Rep. Cori Bush (D-MO), facing a primary challenge from DA Wesley Bell, didn’t post about the 4th of July until late Thursday night, sharing her participation in a local parade. Her post emphasized her ongoing fight for “freedom, justice, and liberty for all people” and promoted her campaign with a “#TeamCori” tag. Just in case you forgot who to vote for.

Some Squad members didn’t mention the holiday at all. Rep. Jamaal Bowman (D-NY), who recently lost his primary to Westchester County Executive George Latimer, didn’t acknowledge the 4th of July on either of his X accounts. His latest post, dated July 2, supported Bush’s primary campaign. Priorities, right?

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) was also silent on the 4th, with her recent posts focused on criticizing the U.S. Supreme Court rather than celebrating Independence Day. Who needs fireworks when you have endless rants?

Reps. Greg Casar (D-TX) and Summer Lee (D-PA) had the most straightforward acknowledgments. Casar posted a simple message with fireworks emojis, directed at his constituents in Texas’ 35th Congressional District. Lee shared pictures of her participation in a local parade. At least someone remembered what day it was.

Overall, the Squad’s mixed responses to America’s birthday highlight a broader trend of prioritizing political agendas over national pride. With some members not acknowledging the holiday at all, one has to wonder where their loyalties truly lie. Happy 4th of July, indeed.

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