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Watch: Awkward 'Squad' Interview Shows Tlaib Treating Other 3 Like Children

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The talk of the town in recent weeks has been the unbelievable amount of infighting among Democrats, between progressive and moderate factions.

According to Washington Examiner, a new interview between CBS anchor Gayle King and members of “the squad” highlights a potentially serious dysfunction from those on the more radical edge of the party, as Rep. Rashida Tlaib constantly interrupted and spoke over her closest political allies.

Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, and Ayanna Pressley were treated like children throughout the interview. At one point in the interview, King and Tlaib went back and forth about the other interviewees as if they weren’t even present.

The display was embarrassing and was made even worse given that Tlaib is the only one in the group who happens to not possess the most pleasant speaking voice in politics.

You can watch the cringe-worthy interview in the video below.

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Tlaib’s initial interruption came after King asked Pressley, “What message does it send … that very few Republicans have spoken out to condemn the president’s words?”

Before the Massachusetts representative could give her thoughts, Tlaib jumped in and blurted out, “The normalization of it! The fact that it’s against our core American values. … Choosing [President Trump] over Americans–“

However, King clearly wasn’t pleased with the interruption. She directed the question back to her intended recipient and asked, “Ayanna, what message does it send?”

Should Trump keep pressure on “the squad”?

Later in the interview, King specifically asked Omar what her progressive crew meant when they said that President Donald Trump’s Twitter comments were a “distraction” to the nation.

That’s when the second interruption occurred.

As Omar began to respond, Tlaib interjected, “I’ll tell you what we bring.” And despite the Minnesota representative continuing to speak to King, Tlaib loudly said, “We’re an extension of a movement in our country that wants ‘Medicare for all’…”

“Right,” Omar said in defeat as Tlaib continued her diatribe.

Minutes later, King and Tlaib argued over if Ocasio-Cortez would have a meeting with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi — despite Ocasio-Cortez being merely two feet away during their conversation.

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Initially, the New York lawmaker said her staff and Pelosi’s staff have been in contact. However, King pushed the issue even further, “But shouldn’t it be a face-to-face with you and the speaker, as opposed to your people and her people. Shouldn’t it be a face-to-face?”

“But we are new members of Congress,” Tlaib interjected, adding that she is “very protective” of Ocasio-Cortez.

“[S]he does not need protecting,” King responded. “This woman knows how to handle herself … [W]ith all due respect, she doesn’t need protection.”

“She’s the new member, not the speaker,” Tlaib said, despite the fact that Ocasio-Cortez seems to have as much clout as Pelosi does in the public eye, if not more given her growing celebrity status.

Finally, King got around to asking Pressley if she was offended when Pelosi shot down “the squad” for having just four members.

But to nobody’s surprise, Tlaib interjected once more, saying, “I’ll tell you what I’m more offended about–”

The CBS anchor seemed to be done with the constant interruptions and called Tlaib out on her tendency to speak out of turn. “I’m going to get to you in a second. I can see you’re very chatty,” she responded.

While all four lawmakers in the far-left squad appear to be united in their aggression against Trump, when they’re all in the same room, Tlaib seems to be the alpha of the pack.

And if you’re not an alpha, you’re a beta and that’s what Ocasio-Cortez, Omar, and Pressley all looked like in the very awkward 30-minute interview.

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Ryan Ledendecker is a freelance journalist and writer. He began reporting news and writing commentary during the 2014 Ferguson riots. Prior to that, he worked as a web editor and columnist for an award-winning local newspaper.
Ryan Ledendecker plunged headfirst into news reporting and political commentary while on the ground during the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri. He later wrote extensively on Donald Trump's presidential campaign and election.

When he's not writing, Ryan spends time improving his barbecue skills. He has his own brand of BBQ rub and is a trophy winner in the world of competitive BBQ.
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