According to a report in the Washington Post, moderate Democrats reacted "sharply" to threats from Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) after Republicans won some procedural victories despite being in the minority.
The upstart Socialist Democrat told them that disloyal Democrats could find themselves on a list to be challenged in their primary election.
The closed-door session between Democrats had been reported on Thursday where House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-N.Y.) upbraided moderate members of the party for voting with Republicans on several votes.
"We are either a team or we're not, and we have to make that decision," she reportedly said.
The new report on Friday described the reaction from the Democrats who were appeasing the constituents in districts vulnerable to Republican challenges.
One moderate Democrat, Rep. Xochitl Torres Small of New Mexico, reportedly grew emotional as she responded angrily to the threat by Ocasio-Cortez. She argued that members of less liberal districts would have to vote with Republicans on occasion or face the wrath of the voters.
Pelosi reportedly told members that if they toed the line and stayed loyal to the Democrats that they would receive priority help from the National Congressional Campaign Committee.
Their Republican counterpart committee mocked the report and the disunity within the Democratic party on Thursday.
"Buckle up and grab your popcorn because Democratic infighting is already reaching a breaking point and it's only month two of Democrats' House majority," McAdams said in a statement.
"Just wait until the intraparty primaries begin!" he concluded.
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