With already going spat between Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-NY and the Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif, now the dispute has become even nastier on this Wednesday. It came to this level when the congresswoman allegated that the speaker is singling her and her colleagues out based on what race they belong to.
Pelosi was working to keep the Democrats in line, specifically the four progressives who were newly-elected and outspoken. The progressives are – Rep. Rashida Tlaib, Ocasio-Cortez, Rep. Ayanna Pressley, D-Mich, D-Minn, Rep. Ilhan Omar, and D-Mass.
The issue between Pelosi and the four Democrats escalated after Congress passed a border funding bill and the four progressives opposed it. The Speaker discussed the bill and the Democrats as well who took the other side. In an interview with The New York Times, Pelosi said, “All these people have their public whatever and their Twitter world, but they didn’t have any following. They’re four people, and that’s how many votes they got”.
In response to the Speaker’s statement, Ocasio-Cortez said the singling out by the Speaker is more than outright disrespectful. She further added in her interview with 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 took the stand that the Speaker is saying those words against her just because she is an elected woman of color. Since both the Speaker and the pool four people belongs to the same party, the story is taking some interesting turns.
On Wednesday itself, Pelosi said with a stern voice, referring to the in House Democrats, “You got a complaint? You come and talk to me about it. But do not tweet about our members and expect us to think that that is just okay”.
While it is not clear whether or not the allegations put on Pelosi by her own party members are right, it is justified to say that the Democrats have a lot to figure out.