Socialist Democrats try to defend Socialism after 2020 defeats

Socialist Democrats try to defend Socialism after 2020 defeats

Javier Manjarres
Javier Manjarres
November 15, 2020

Waleed Shahid, the architect of Democratic Socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez rise to fame and influence in the U.S. Congress, and supporter of Sen. Bernie Sanders has spoken out against Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (D) for blaming her reelection loss to the anti-Socialism campaign local, state,  and national Republicans effectively waged against Democrats during the 2020 presidential election.

Shahid, a devout socialist living in Philadelphia, says that it was the “corruption and cronyism” argument national Republicans made against ‘DMP’ in Florida’s 26th congressional district that defeated her reelection campaign.

“Rep. Debbie Mucarsel Powell said Republican attack ads about "socialism" were responsible for her loss,” stated Shahid. “But the GOP-funded attack ads in her district don't center on socialism as much as accusations of corruption and cronyism.”

First of all, how could he possibly know the reason for Rep.Mucarsel-Powell’s loss? Unless he lived in Florida’s congressional district throughout the election cycle and was bombarded with anti-Socialism mailings, radio ads, TV ads, texts, and emails, Shahid has no idea of what he is talking about.

Shahid, like his former boss “AOC,” is trying to defend the Socialism agenda that Progressives campaign and lost on, and the NRCC video he cites as being his source is just a small percentage of the ads that targeted voters.

Mucarsel-Powell is right when she says that the Socialism campaign against her worked, and yes, the “corruption and cronyism” that Shahid mentions did play a role in her demise, but the overarching issue that sunk both her and Rep. Donna Shalala was the argument against Democratic Socialism.

Congressman-elect Carlos Gimenez, Congresswoman-elect Maria Elvira Salazar, the NRCC, and outside groups pounded both Shalala and Mucarsel-Powell for their support of political and social issues directly tied to the Democratic Socialist agenda, not to mention the voting record that put them in lock-step with Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D) and Progressive “Squad” in the House of Representatives.

The 2020 election is not over yet. The last two remaining Senate seats in Georgia will be decided on January 5, 2021, and Democrats are still pushing the Progressive game plan that fell short on Election Night.

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Javier Manjarres

Javier Manjarres

Javier Manjarres is a nationally renowned award-winning political journalist and Publisher of,,, and He enjoys traveling, playing soccer, mixed martial arts, weight-lifting, swimming, and biking. Javier is also a political consultant and has also authored "BROWN PEOPLE," which is a book about Hispanic Politics. Follow on Twitter: @JavManjarres Email him at

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