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AOC Claims Pelosi is Specifically Picking on ‘Women of Color’

“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 said.

By NTK Staff | 07.11.2019 @10:30am
AOC Claims Pelosi is Specifically Picking on ‘Women of Color’

The war of words between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the four newly elected Democratic women who have dubbed themselves “the squad” escalated dramatically this week when Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) alleged Pelosi was singling out “women of color.”

During a conversation with the Washington Post, Ocasio-Cortez claimed that Pelosi’s recent admonishments are more than just efforts to keep her caucus in line. She said she believes Pelosi is specifically going after women of color like herself and Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) and Ayanna Pressley (D-MA).

“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.”

During a closed-door meeting on Wednesday, Pelosi warned members of the Democratic caucus to not air their dirty laundry and come directly to her with any complaints.

“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,” Pelosi reportedly said.

Pressley called Pelosi’s comments “demoralizing,” but said she can take the heat. But she said she’s concerned about how others might perceive Pelosi’s words. “I am worried about the signal that it sends to people I speak to and for, who sent me here with a mandate, and how it affect them,” Pressley said.

Adding to the drama is the fact that Pelosi and Ocasio-Cortez have not spoken face to face in months.

“[V]irtually all communication between the two women has ceased,” the Washington Post’s Rachael Bade and Mike DeBonis wrote. “The two have not spoken one-on-one since February when Ocasio-Cortez declined Pelosi’s personal request that she join her select committee on climate change, according to individuals who know both lawmakers.”

“There hasn’t really been a relationship, to be frank,” she said. “It’s difficult.”

Earlier this week, Ocasio-Cortez listed a series of slights, both perceived and real, leveled against her by Pelosi in the past few months.

It’s hard to imagine this fractured relationship healing itself any time soon. While Pelosi may not want to admit it, “the squad” holds some power among the most liberal members of the Democratic Party. That may not translate to much in Washington, D.C., but it could hurt enthusiasm and turnout in upcoming elections.

If Pelosi and Ocasio-Cortez don’t find a way to establish a productive working environment, the party is likely going to suffer.

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