Members of Congress affiliated with the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) are facing criticism for their lack of condemnation regarding a violent anti-Israel protest that took place outside the Democratic National Committee (DNC) headquarters in Washington, D.C., this week. Representatives Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), Greg Casar (D-Texas), and Cori Bush (D-Mo.) have not responded to inquiries from Fox News Digital regarding the incident.
Pro-Palestinian demonstrators, advocating for a cease-fire in the Israel-Hamas war, clashed with U.S. Capitol Police (USCP) near the DNC building. The confrontation resulted in injuries to both police officers and protesters, leading to the evacuation of Democratic members of Congress and candidates attending a reception inside the building.
Despite the severity of the situation, none of the mentioned DSA-affiliated representatives have released public statements addressing the violence. Cori Bush did share a statement from the left-wing group IfNotNow Movement, criticizing House Speaker Mike Johnson for his stance on the protest.
The incident follows recent criticism of the DSA’s response to the October 7 attack by Hamas on Israel. DSA founding member Maurice Isserman, who labeled the organization as “morally bankrupt,” left in protest of its response to the anti-Jewish pogrom that claimed over 1,300 lives, including civilians and children. The DSA has faced internal dissent, with Rep. Shri Thanedar (D-Mich.) renouncing his membership due to the group’s support for a “hate-filled and antisemitic” rally in New York City following the Hamas attack.
The silence from Tlaib, Ocasio-Cortez, Casar, and Bush raises questions about the DSA’s stance on issues related to Israel and its ability to address and condemn violence associated with protests. The lack of response from these representatives also comes amid growing concerns about the organization’s alignment with controversial events and actions, prompting scrutiny from both within and outside the Democratic Party.