House Dem Rips AOC and Her Staff for Their 'Ignorance'

Nellie Chapman
July 13, 2019

To fall back on that [trope] is a weak argument. The annual defense bill, which typically does not enjoy broad support from the party's left, was seen as a major test of whether the fissures between Democrats would persist.

Trump noted that, contrary to Ocasio-Cortez's apparent suggestion, Pelosi "is not a racist". Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., and Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., The Hill reported.

"All these people have their public whatever and their Twitter world", Pelosi said earlier this week. But they didn't have any following. "They're four people and that's how many votes they got".

Ocasio-Cortez's Chief of Staff was also attacked for comparing Democratic moderates to segregationists in a tweet, which has since been deleted. "And wielding the power to shift it is how we actually achieve meaningful change in this country".

Ocasio-Cortez responded in an interview with 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, " she said.

Ocasio-Cortez said Wednesday that Pelosi has been "outright disrespectful" for criticizing women of color in her repeated attempts to rein in progressive members of her caucus. Ocasio-Cortez has 4.7 million Twitter followers.

"Because you can't get your way, and because you are-, you're getting pushback, you resort to use the race card?"

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"I'll tell you something about Nancy Pelosi that you know better than I do, she is not a racist. OK? But do not tweet about our members and expect us to think that that is just OK", Pelosi told the liberal lawmakers during a closed-door meeting at the US Capitol.

Democrats who've visited the southern border accused President Donald Trump of cruelty on Friday while Republicans said Democrats were playing politics but doing little to help as the parties clashed at a House hearing over who's to blame for squalid conditions facing migrants detained entering the U.S. "Diversity is our strength, unity is our power".

Those comments came as other minority members of Pelosi's caucus spoke up in her defense.

"It's a bill that I think Democrats should be happy with", said the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, Rep. Adam Smith, D-Wash. Sylvia Garcia, D-Texas, and Ocasio-Cortez to prevent defense money and facilities from being used to house migrant children and undocumented immigrants.

However, when asked if she believes Pelosi holds racist views, Ocasio-Cortez resolutely denied it, saying: "No, no, absolutely not, absolutely not". "To me, with the freshman women, in general, it seems like she's been supportive", Kelly said.

"It is a policy of dehumanizing", said Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., one of four high-profile Democratic freshmen who testified.

In another interview, the 29-year-old suggested Pelosi was purposefully trying to keep her busy with committee work. "And knowing the media environment that we're operating in, knowing the amount of death threats that we get, knowing the amount of concentration of tension, I think it's just worth asking why".

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