Florida GOP Congresswoman-elect Maria Elvira Salazar wants to counter AOC’s “squad”of progressives with a Republican squad called “the force.”
Salazar told NBC News “I want to create a force within my freshman class that will have to be reckoned with. A force of reason, a force for freedom, a force for democracy.”
“When I hear this democratic socialism that is being presented within the Democratic Party, I can only tell you that only brings misery, oppression and exile. And how do I know? Because I have lived it and I have covered it,” she explained.
Salazar, a charismatic Cuban American and former TV journalist, defeated Democrat Donna Shalala to flip a blue seat red earlier this month.
Per The Hill “A total of eight incoming congressmen and women identify as a person of color or a minority, according to NBC News.
“The Force,” which has been embraced by newcomers like Nicole Malliotakis (R) and Victoria Spartz (R), seeks to dismantle what it views as democratic socialism.”