As IJR previously reported, the discontent between Pelosi and Ocasio-Cortez was thrust into overdrive this week. The freshman congresswoman claimed that the speaker was “singling out” the newly elected progressives — including herself and Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), and Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) — because they are young women of color.
Obviously, this fight is not a great look as Pelosi tries to show her caucus as unified front against President Donald Trump.
During an interview with “America’s Newsroom” on Fox News, Scalise was asked about the infighting across the aisle. He noted that he expects the rhetoric being used by both sides to keep “getting uglier.”
Watch Scalise’s comments:
“Well, it’s ugly and getting uglier. And you are seeing this fight between the far left socialists and liberals. It used to be, in the Democratic Party, a fight between liberals and moderates. There are no moderates left. It’s literally liberals versus socialists and the socialists are winning. And for Nancy Pelosi to think that she can silence A.O.C. and these others these other far left socialists, just shows that she’s out of touch with what is happening in her own conference. And that, I think, is shocking a lot of people.”
Scalise reiterated that he believes Pelosi is “misreading” the “grip” Ocasio-Cortez and her peers have on the Democrats in Congress. He claimed that the Democrats in moderate districts have been trying to appease the far-left side of the party by fully supporting issues like abortion and gun control, but it isn’t enough to keep Ocasio-Cortez happy.
“A.O.C. is threatening some of the liberals that she’s going to run somebody in their primary if they don’t vote for mainstream policies. I mean, a lot of them ran saying they were going to be pro-life, pro-gun, and anti-Pelosi. And they’re all voting to allow a baby to be murdered after it is born alive. They’re voting to raise taxes, they’re voting to take away your gun rights, and they’re voting down the line with Nancy Pelosi. And yet, that is not enough for A.O.C. it and the socialist. So, they’re having this internal struggle.”
Although Scalise criticized Pelosi, he didn’t have many kind words for Ocasio-Cortez, either. He claimed she is making this issue “all about her,” rather than the work of the American people.