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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Criticizes Letter Opposing Pelosi

"We have about 16 signatories, 14 of them are male. There are very few people of color in the caucus."

By NTK Staff | 11.20.2018 @8:46am

Congresswoman-Elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) blasted a letter that 16 incoming House Democrats sent to their colleagues calling for new leadership in the Democratic caucus on Monday, during an interview with MSNBC.

MSNBC’s Chris Hayes asked Ocasio-Cortez about the letter and where she stands on House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) leadership.

“Well, for me, when I was reading this letter that was kind of released today, my main concern was that there is no vision, there is no common value, there is no goal that is really articulated in this letter aside from ‘we need to change,'” Ocasio-Cortez said. “And for me what that says is, you know, I do think that we got sent to Congress on a mandate to change how government works. To change what government even looks like.”

Ocasio-Cortez then asked: “But if we are not on the same page about changing the systems and the values, and how we’re going to adapt as a party for the future, then what is the point of just changing our party leadership just for the sake of it?”

Hayes followed up by asking Ocasio-Cortez if he was correct that her opposition to the letter was because she didn’t feel they had laid out “an ideological or substantive sort of agenda.”

“No. I mean, if anything, I think that what it does is that it creates a window where we could potentially get more conservative leadership,” Ocasio-Cortez said.

Ocasio-Cortez then talked about the actual signatories of the letter, saying that they didn’t reflect “diversity of the party.”

“We have about 16 signatories, 14 of them are male. There are very few people of color in the caucus. There are very – there’s very few ideological diversity, it’s not like there are progressives that are signing on,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “It’s not like you have a broad-based coalition. So I find it – you know I – I’m not totally bought into the concept.”

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