Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Escalates Feud With Nancy Pelosi
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) on Wednesday continued her criticism of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), accusing Pelosi of isolating newly elected women of color in the House and saying that the veteran congresswoman’s criticism has become “outright disrespectful.”
“When these comments first started, I kind of thought that she was keeping the progressive flank at more of an arm’s distance in order to protect more moderate members, which I understood,” Ocasio-Cortez told The Washington Post during an interview late Wednesday after a day of heightened tensions between Pelosi and House Democrats..
“But the persistent singling out … it got to a point where it was just outright disrespectful … the explicit singling out of newly elected women of color,” she added.
Ocasio-Cortez’s remarks came hours after Pelosi, at a closed-door meeting of the caucus earlier Wednesday, admonished her party for openly attacking one another over policy disputes. Pelosi has consistently dismissed some of the policies floated by the more liberal members of the caucus, most recently using a New York Times interview over the weekend to question the influence of four outspoken freshmen known as “the squad” — Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) and Ocasio-Cortez.
“All these people have their public whatever and their Twitter world,” she said to The New York Times. “But they didn’t have any following. They’re four people and that’s how many votes they got.”
Ocasio-Cortez, who has been outspoken on a bevy of issues since being sworn in, responded to the comment on Twitter on Saturday, saying, “That public ‘whatever’ is called public sentiment.”
“And wielding the power to shift it is how we actually achieve meaningful change in this country,” she added.
In a closed-door caucus meeting Wednesday, Pelosi called on Democrats to stop taking public shots at one another, according to a source in the room.
“You got a complaint? You come and talk to me about it. But do not tweet about our members and expect us to think that that is just OK,” Pelosi said.
Ocasio-Cortez’s office and Pelosi’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Political Dig.
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