A group of newly elected Republican members of Congress are already calling themselves the “Freedom Force,” a new “squad” meant to counter a notorious “Squad” of progressive Democratic congresswomen, reports the New York Post.
Those who recall the “Young Guns” of the Obama years, another “squad” that included Republican Rep. Paul Ryan and Rep. Eric Cantor, who greatly disappointed conservatives, will not be blamed for their skepticism.
Utah Rep.-elect and onetime NFL player Burgess Owens built them up, though, saying Nov. 27 on Fox News’ The Ingraham Angle that “This group will give a contrast to the hard left.”
So far eight incoming Republican lawmakers are in the group, including Reps.-elect Malliotakis; Michelle Steel of California; Stephanie Bice of Oklahoma; Victoria Spartz of Indiana; and Carlos Gimenez, Maria Elvira Salazar and Byron Donalds of Florida.
The hard-leftist “Squad” refers to four women who took office in 2018: Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York; Ilhan Omar of Minnesota; Rashida Tlaib of Michigan; and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts. All were returned to office in November’s highly suspect elections.
Owens vowed that the new GOP team, made up of women and nonwhites, will work to protect small business.
“Business ownership is the foundation of our freedom,” Owens said on “Fox & Friends Weekend” Sunday. “It’s where our middle class comes from.”
“We have different cultures, backgrounds, colors. But what we have in common is that we have a love for our country… and we’re going to make sure we stay free,” Owens said of the coalition.