Congressional Black Caucus member William Lacy Clay (D-Mo.) blasted Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez after the controversial freshman’s feud between her and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) continued.
The two lawmakers have taken their jabs at one another, and it continued into this week — leading to Ocasio-Cortez accusing the House speaker of “the explicit singling out of newly elected women of color.”
Clay told Fox News late Thursday that Ocasio-Cortez’s claim that the House speaker was “singling out” women of color — including Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.), and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) — is a “weak argument,” in saying she and the other women were “picked on” by Pelosi.
“It tells you the level of ignorance to American history on their part as to what we are as the Democratic Caucus,” he said, adding:
“It is so inappropriate. So uncalled for. It does not do anything to help with unity. It was unfair to Speaker Pelosi.”
The Democratic lawmaker then sought to teach Ocasio-Cortez a lesson.
“It’s going to take a process of maturing for those freshman members,” Clay said. “They will have to learn to be effective legislators.”
He pointed out that in using that “weak argument,” it “shows their lack of sensitivity to racism,” which he says her claim “has no place in a civil discussion.”
It seems that Pelosi is trying to put a halt to the infighting within the Democratic caucus as she said in a closed-door meeting on Wednesday, “You got a complaint? You come and talk to me about it.” She added, “But do not tweet about our members and expect us to think that that is just OK.”