Fact-Check: Did ‘Squad’ Members Threaten Violence Over Debt Ceiling Talks?

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A Republican congressman suggested that Democratic Rep. Pramila Jayapal issued a veiled threat of political violence in comments about President Joe Biden’s negotiations with House Republicans on the debt ceiling.

Here’s what she said.

Jayapal told CNN that if Democrats are not allowed to go on spending the country’s future away unimpeded, things might get ugly.

“I think there would be a huge backlash from our entire House Democratic caucus, certainly the progressives,” she said outside the Capitol on Monday. She added, “But also in the streets.”

The country saw what Democratic backlash in the streets looked like throughout 2020, so Jayapal’s threat — if that’s what it was — should be taken seriously.

Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez shared a similar sentiment with CNN, saying that if Biden agrees to cap spending and add work requirements for some welfare programs, “it’s going to be a problem.”

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