When it comes to taking back control of her divide Democratic caucus, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has had enough of the infighting.
The House Democrats have seen several infighting instances since a few new controversial members joined after the 2018 midterm election, including Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) — who hasn’t been afraid to take aim at her own party, even if by mistake.
In a closed-door meeting with some of her Democratic colleagues, Pelosi put her foot down while teaching the lawmakers a lesson about unity.
“You got a complaint? You come and talk to me about it,” she said, according to a report from The Hill. “But do not tweet about our members and expect us to think that that is just OK.”
The Democratic leader went on to use food terms while slamming those for “making sausage,” rather than a “beautiful pâté.”
“I’m here to help the children when it’s easy and when it’s hard. Some of you are here to make a beautiful pâté but we’re making sausage most of the time. Without that unity, we are playing completely into the hands of the other people.”
Pelosi told the Democrats to “make me the target, but don’t make our Blue Dogs and our New Dems the target in all of this because we have important fish to fry.” Additionally, she told the Democrats not to “think twice” about posting criticism of another colleague on social media, but “think once.”
As IJR previously reported, Pelosi blasted Ocasio-Cortez and her “squad” — Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.), and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) — on their votes against a border aid bill in a Saturday interview with The New York Times.
“All these people have their public whatever and their Twitter world,” the House speaker said. “But they didn’t have any following. They’re four people and that’s how many votes they got.”
Ocasio-Cortez, though, didn’t stay away from swiping back at Pelosi, tweeting, “That public ‘whatever’ is called public sentiment. And wielding the power to shift it is how we actually achieve meaningful change in this country.”
Pelosi, however, doubled down that she has “no regrets” on anything she’s said, saying after Tuesday’s closed-door meeting, “Regret is not what I do.”
To Pelosi’s point, the Republican National Committee has used the infighting for their own gain, even producing a video about the Democrats’ “civil war,” which IJR obtained exclusively.
It’s unclear if Pelosi’s message will cause Ocasio-Cortez and her “squad” to follow by the leader’s orders from here on out.