AOC Versus Pelosi: There's Trouble in Progressive Paradise
Alert! Progressive political cat-fight in progress!
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), aka 'AOC,' aka 'that cute congresswoman from New York who ain't all that bright,' accused Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) of racism on Wednesday, telling the Washington Post that Speaker Pelosi was guilty of “the explicit singling out of newly elected women of color.”
Translation: Pelosi is a racist, according to 'she who tweets prolifically, yet thinks quite infrequently.'
AOC, who recently discovered how to use her apartment's garbage disposal, was enraged after columnist Maureen Dowd of the New York Times reported on Sunday that Speaker Pelosi had disparaged AOC and her allies on the left.
Here's the part from the New York Times that got Ocasio-Cortez all fussy pants:
I asked Pelosi whether, after being the subject of so many you-go-girl memes for literally clapping back at Trump, it was jarring to get a bad headline like the one in HuffPost that day — “What The Hell Is Nancy Pelosi Doing?” The article described the outrage of the Squad, as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts are known.
Pelosi feels that the four made themselves irrelevant to the process by voting against “our bill,” as she put it, which she felt was the strongest one she could get. “All these people have their public whatever and their Twitter world,” she said. “But they didn’t have any following. They’re four people and that’s how many votes they got.”
AOC responded on Twitter (as you do) by calling out Pelosi for her past efforts to disparage the party’s “democratic socialist” wing, aka 'the communist party':
“A glass of water could’ve [beat a 20-yr incumbt]”— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) July 8, 2019
“The Green Dream or whatever”
“Their public whatever”
Those aren’t quotes from me; they‘re from the Speaker. Having respect for ourselves doesn’t mean we lack respect for her.
It means we won’t let everyday people be dismissed. https://t.co/VMRkcd8xlL
Speaker Pelosi responded to AOC's drama Wednesday after a meeting with her caucus in which she reportedly insisted on party unity, and discouraged House members from tweeting criticisms of each other or the leadership.
“So, again, you got a complaint? You come and talk to me about it,” Pelosi told Democrats, Politico reported. “But do not tweet about our members and expect us to think that that is just OK.”
Ocasio-Cortez later offered the following comments to the Washington Post:
“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,” Ocasio-Cortez told The Washington Post. “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.”
Ocasio-Cortez also told the New Yorker Radio Hour this week that she believed House Speaker Pelosi was giving her “busy” work to keep her occupied.
Oh my, such discord and disharmony! Let's hope it lasts!
WIBC host Tony Katz walks you through the AOC-Pelosi drama in the clip below.