Push Pelosi and Schumer Out? AOC Says Dems ‘Need New Leadership’

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) is weighing in on Democratic leadership in Congress.

While touching on negotiations going on Congress regarding a COVID-19 relief package, Ocasio-Cortez told The Intercept during a podcast, “On one hand it’s very easy to say Mitch McConnell and the Republican Party is extraordinarily barbaric, which is true.”

When asked later if it is “grounds” to “take a stand and say, No, I’m sorry Nancy Pelosi should not be the speaker and Chuck Schumer should not be the leader,” Ocasio-Cortez said it is time for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) to go.

“I do think that we need new leadership in the Democratic Party,” she said.

Ocasio-Cortez added that there is a struggle with “the internal dynamics of the House” that “has made it such that there’s very little option for succession.”

The New York lawmaker then added, “The House is extraordinarily complex and I’m not ready. It can’t be me. I know that I couldn’t do that job.”

Listen to Ocasio-Cortez’s interview below:

Asked again, “Are you ready to say, Pelosi and Schumer need to go?” Ocasio-Cortez responded, “I think so,” adding, “If you create that vacuum, there are so many nefarious forces at play to fill that vacuum with something even worse… There are folks more conservative than even they are ready to fill that void.”

Pelosi is expected to be reelected as the speaker of the House in the new Congress, as she is running unopposed.

She has since been pressed on if she will hold to the pledge that this will be her last term as speaker, to which she told reporters, “Let me just say that when that conversation took place, there was a move to put limits on the leadership and the chairs of committees… What I said then was, whether it passes or not, I will abide by those limits that are there.”

Pelosi also said, “Listen, if my husband is listening, don’t make me have to be more specific than that because we never expected to have another term now. I consider this a gift.”

President-elect Joe Biden congratulated Pelosi in a phone call after the news that she would be reelected. He expressed “that he looks forward to working with her and Democratic leadership in the House on a shared agenda to get COVID-19 under control and build our economy back better,” a statement from his office reads.

Responses

  1. “General, you thought the speakership should go to Rep. Fudge 2 years ago.” Phyllis

    That would have been completely impossible.

    Having Katie Porter as a Committee head would be AWESOME, way better than AOC. The thing is that we need change – GOOD change. Getting rid of one of the WORST possible committee heads, such as Richard Neal, is important. Even you would be less corrupt and more beneficial to this nation as the head of the Ways & Means Committee than having him there blocking necessary policies. Way better for us all, and you don’t even know what to do!

  2. Peggy, the residents of the district select their representatives. There are districts that want entertainers, some want flame throwers, and other districts that want legislators. We only have a say in the district in which we are registered to vote. Yes, I want a legislator, but I am in a district that choose to have an entertainer.

  3. LOL….General, you thought the speakership should go to Rep. Fudge 2 years ago. So who do you want now? AOC as chair of a House committee, before Katie Porter? It could happen, but should it? And what leadership position would you consider AOC qualified? LOL…I personally would like to see her as Clyburn’s understudy as whip. She appears to lack an understanding of how many votes it takes to pass a bill.

    I personally am not a fan of Chuck Schumer, the Senator representing Israel but I am neither a resident of NY, nor a Democrat member of the Senate. I am a resident of PA, so I leave that decision up to Sen. Bob Casey. But, I am not going out on a limb suggesting that your choice of replacement is NOT Sen. Manchin. So who did you have in mind?

  4. Yes, Peggy, I agree. Changing the leadership IS necessary. AOC doesn’t HAVE to be Speaker, but she CAN take some other position of power. A Committee Chairwomanship would be a start.

  5. Yes the Dems need new leadership which would include members of the House of Representatives. And that includes you AOC.

  6. “She’s not ready? I thought she was Wondwe Woman and could do anything!” ed

    That is a fair question, ed. It is naive, but it is still fair. If you actually listened to the interview, though, she does explain WHY she feels that she is not ready yet. You could have listened to what she had to say.

  7. “I do think that we need new leadership in the Democratic Party,” AOC

    AOC is worthless, AOC is the worst. That is confusing. Every time Pelosi’s name is mentioned, y’all complain that she has to go, but, here, AOC says that she has to go, she is AGREEING WITH YOU, and you say that SHE is the worst!

    Come on, guys. Make up your frigging minds because you are confusing me!

  8. “Term limits and age limits are needed.” Ron

    You have no idea what you are demanding, Ron.

    Age limits are arbitrary, given that an older person CAN still be cognitively competent. Term limits would also be arbitrary given that it can take time to build up the experience and skills necessary to be a GOOD congress member.

    I keep on telling you guys, term limits are NOT the issue. CORRUPTION is the issue. Corruption makes the members not do their jobs of protecting us and the country. Corruption keeps people such as Diane Feinstein in her seat toonlong because she doesn’t want to let go of her power.

    Get rid of corruption and a LOT of your problems will disappear. Corruption should be your enemy, NOT people from another party. If YOU want bipartisanship, then get both parties to eliminate their corruption.

    We MUST elect better politicians, to eliminate the corruption that WE keep on extending the life of. THAT is on ALL of us. Right?

  9. Of the three of them AOC is the worst – as expressed by her tweets, she is in la-la land. Even Jor Biden didn’t pick her for his administration.

  10. “Nancy Pelosi should not be the speaker and Chuck Schumer should not be the leader.” Finally something upon which AOC and I can agree. A great day in bi-partisanship.

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