The feud between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and freshman firebrand Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) continued with the self-described democratic socialist accusing the speaker of “singling out” women of color who are newly-elected to office.
In the midst of her ongoing spat with the speaker, Ocasio-Cortez told the Washington Post that she initially believed Pelosi’s multiple remarks pushing aside her, her “squad,” — fellow freshmen Reps. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.), Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) — and her legislative proposals were rooted in “keeping the progressive flank at more of an arm’s distance” to offer protection to moderates.
She continued on to accuse Pelosi of “singling out” the new members of Congress that are “women of color,” calling it “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. 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.”
Some users on Twitter gave their takes on the Democrats’ feud.
Check it out:
— Carl Higbie (@CarlHigbie) July 11, 2019
I understand the "let them eat their own" mentality, but @AOC's remarks about Pelosi just prove what a race-baiting, attention-seeking, disingenous, whiney brat AOC is. I never thought I'd take Pelosi's side in anything but AOC is just that remarkably terrible.
— Matt Walsh (@MattWalshBlog) July 11, 2019
Pressley weighed in, as well, calling Pelosi’s comments “demoralizing,” saying that she was “worried” about the “signal” they send back home to her district.
“Thank God my mother gave me broad shoulders and a strong back. I can handle it. I’m not worried about me,” said the Massachusetts congresswoman. “I am worried about the signal that it sends to people I speak to and for, who sent me here with a mandate, and how it affects them.”
The comments came just hours after the speaker held a closed-door meeting with the House Democrats.
As IJR Red previously noted, Pelosi told members to “talk to [her]” if they had a “complaint” but not to “tweet about our members and expect us to think that that is just OK.”
She defended her comments on Wednesday, saying that she had “no regrets about anything.”
“Regrets is not what I do,” said Pelosi.