Progressives Outraged as Biden Ally John Kasich Warns Democrats on the Far Left

Progressives in Congress fired back at former Republican Ohio Governor John Kasich on Saturday after the Joe Biden ally issued a warning to Democrats on the far left.

After media outlets projected President Donald Trump's defeat, Kasich—one of the Republicans reportedly being floated as a potential Cabinet choice for Biden's administration—said "the Democrats have to make it clear to the far left that they almost cost him the election."

Members of the so-called "squad" immediately responded to the remark. "Every single swing-seat House Democrat who endorsed #MedicareForAll won re-election or is on track to win re-election. Every. Single.One," Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York tweeted.

In another tweet, Ocasio-Cortez quote tweeted Kasich's warning, and asked: "Anyone saying this after immigrant organizers delivered AZ, Black grassroots flipped Georgia, MI going blue w reality-bending 94% Detroit margin + @RashidaTlaib running up the margins in her district & Trump publicly challenging @IlhanMN in MN and losing isn't a serious person."

Congresswoman Ilhan Omar of Minnesota joined Ocasio-Cortez in defending progressives. "And every single swing-seat House Democrat who is a member of the Progressive Caucus won or is on track to win re-election," she tweeted. "Every. Single. One."

Ocasio-Cortez urged Democrats to embrace progressives and activists instead of blaming them.

"One thing I'll say: for the last two years, I and progressive candidates have been unseating powerful Dem incumbents supported by DCCC. Not *once* has anyone in the party asked me what weaknesses I've found in their operation. If they stop blaming progressives, we can help," she wrote. "I saw party consultants take over a Congressional swing campaign operation this year and was it wasn't good."

"The blind impulse to blame activists and the left both demoralizes a key constituency and distracts from asking real Qs & fixing serious operational issues," the lawmaker added.

Newsweek reached out to Kasich for comment.

Democratic Presidential Nominee Joe Biden was declared victorious in a tight race against the Republican incumbent on Saturday morning after maintaining a lead in Pennsylvania. Currently, Biden holds 279 Electoral College votes compared to Trump's 214. Biden drew about 74.5 million votes in the 2020 election, breaking the previous record set by President Barack Obama in 2008.

Biden's tweet about winning the 2020 presidential election quickly became his most popular post ever, with over 2.6 million likes received in hours. "America, I'm honored that you have chosen me to lead our great country. The work ahead of us will be hard, but I promise you this: I will be a President for all Americans—whether you voted for me or not. I will keep the faith that you have placed in me," he wrote.

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US Representative Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) listen during a press conference, to address remarks made by US President Donald Trump earlier in the day, at the US Capitol in Washington, DC on July 15, 2019. Brendan Smialowski/Getty