Dem Congresswoman Says Talk of Pelosi Feud With Freshmen Dems Exaggerated

U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s chief of staff Saikat Chakrabarti. Credit Screenshot

U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s chief of staff Saikat Chakrabarti. Credit Screenshot

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's, D-N.Y., comments this week to The Washington Post about Pelosi's posture toward the most visible new lawmakers in her caucus - which include Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Rashida Tlaib of MI and Ayanna Pressley of MA - suggests that their differences might not just be ideological but rooted in something deeper. He called those making the claims "ignorant" of racial history.

In her interview with The Post, the New York Democrat was responding to Pelosi's admonishment in a closed-door meeting that appeared directed at her and the other lawmakers that make up what's been dubbed "the Squad".

"It was such a weak argument to say she was being picked on and that four women of color were being picked on by the speaker", Clay said.

During an interview with "Fox & Friends" Thursday morning, Kudlow had nothing but nice things to say about the Democratic freshman after she challenged Federal Reserve Chair Jay Powell on the Phillips Curve - an economic theory that suggests that low unemployment pushes wages up faster and accelerates inflation as a result - during a congressional hearing Wednesday.

Ocasio-Cortez and her three colleagues drew Pelosi's ire for not supporting a recent border-funding bill.

In response, another Demo person of more color, Rep. William Lacy Clay of Missouri, fired back at AOC, saying it was asinine for Ocasio-Cortez and her "squad" to accuse Pelosi of racism.

Pelosi's efforts to head off further public criticism come after the fight over the border spending bill spilled into a spat on social media.

"Didn't realize this needed to be said, but: you can be someone who does not personally harbor ill will towards a race, but through your actions still enable a racist system".

Pelosi, meanwhile, refused to provide further comment on the feud while discussing it during her weekly press briefing. I said what I'm going to say on the subject.

Though one wishes this needless distraction could conclude, and soon, so that the Democratic majority in the House could go about its business rather than publicly bickering, that, sadly, isn't likely to happen. Her remarks came after Ocasio-Cortez's chief of staff criticized Pelosi and compared moderate Democrats to segregationist senators. Rashida Tlaib (MI), and Ayanna Pressley (D-MA). We respect the value of every member of our caucus. "I've known her to be very respectful of women of color and very supportive of them".

One freshman, Rep. Mikie Sherrill, who won what had been a Republican-held seat in New Jersey, said the centrist lawmakers "work really hard to build broad coalitions". The speaker has a lot of allies inside the caucus who are people of color. "We have kids in cages", said Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, who said she was frustrated by the ongoing situation.

Not that everyone in the House Democratic caucus got the memo, apparently.

Frankel said "I guess these younger meshes have a new way of communicating", but she added, "it's preferable to have face to face communications, and I think that's happening now".

She spoke at length on the turmoil during a private meeting of House Democrats this week and on Thursday said she was done talking about her relations with Ocasio-Cortez and the others. It has no place in a civil discussion.

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