Pelosi Begs Fellow Dems to Stop Picking Fights on Twitter, Says They’re ‘Playing’ Into Republican’s Hands

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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.”

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
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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.

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Screwtape
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Pate instead of sausage. Your patrician roots are showing Nancy, though I’d call what you’ve been doing making baloney and lots of it.

Hmm. If Nancy is so willing to publicly “denounce” her own side, what is she doing behind closed doors? Maybe she’s trying to both neutralize AOC and her “squad” and stop the Dim civil war.

General Confusion
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“You got a complaint? You come and talk to me about it,” Pelosi Come on, House Leader. You are confused. You said that you would do $15 minimum wage in the first 100 hours. Where is it? When you knew we all need Medicare For All, you promised your rich donors that we would never get it (under your watch). When you get Maureen Dowd to interview you, YOU attack the new progressive members. (How were those chocolates?) Where is YOUR unity? When your own members fight for oversight on billions of our money, what do YOU do? You cave… Read more »

Chrissy
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AOC may think she’s got something by having youth over Pelosi, but in the great words of Kathy Bates character in Fried Green Tomatoes (as she purposely smashes her car into some young smart mouth young bimbos car) “ Face it girls, I’m older and have more insurance”. You and your little “cheer” squad don’t stand a chance against Nancy and the machine. Better step back AOC. In case you hadn’t noticed, she’s the boss.

James
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I’d certainly like to see AOC and her squad of Muslim misfits continue their work, their rhetoric to destroy the Democratic Party. Hopefully she and her anti-Semitic clown associates will continue right on through November 2020 and the “whole squad” not be reelected to continue their hatred of America.

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