Primaried Dem Gets Woke, Is It Too Late?

In the midst of a far-left primary challenge, Rep. Eliot Engel (D., N.Y.) said he would not seek the New York Times‘sendorsement after the paper ran an op-ed from Sen. Tom Cotton (R., Ark.) arguing that the military should be deployed to quell riots in cities across America.

Engel announced the decision in a Thursday statement, saying, “any endorsement from an editorial board that supports the publication of such un-American demands” is “not worth the paper it’s printed on.”

“Because of the opinion column calling for using the military against American citizens on American soil—and the obvious pain it causes for the paper’s journalists of color—I have decided not to seek the New York Times endorsement and I call on my opponents in this race to do the same,” Engel said. “No U.S. Senator should be calling out the military on the pages of the New York Times. And no real progressive leader can morally accept the paper’s endorsement.”

Engel is in the closing weeks of a primary challenge from educator Jamaal Bowman, who is backed by the same Justice Democrats group that helped Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez upset a veteran Democratic congressman in 2018. He has faced attacks in the past few months from the far left for his pro-Israel positions. Engel said he is canceling his interview with the Times editorial board and called on “every progressive seeking election in this country” to do the same. Bowman did not respond to a request for comment asking if he would follow suit.

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