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Is There a War Brewing Between Pelosi and Ocasio-Cortez?

An escalating war of words between the Speaker of the House and a liberal rising star is making some Democrats nervous.

By NTK Staff | 07.08.2019 @11:15am
Is There a War Brewing Between Pelosi and Ocasio-Cortez?

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is struggling to keep members of her party in check following a vote on a border funding bill, and that fight is spilling out into the press and social media this week.

Last month, liberal Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), and Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), known by their self-chosen moniker “the squad,” voted against a border funding bill that they believed was too closely aligned with Republican priorities.

“We didn’t even bother to negotiate,” Ocasio-Cortez told CNN, calling the bill “completely irresponsible to the American people and to those kids on the border.”

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) was even more critical: “A vote for Mitch McConnell’s border bill is a vote to keep kids in cages and terrorize immigrant communities.”

Going even further, an Ocasio-Cortez spokesperson told the Washington Post that the “greatest threat to mankind is the cowardice of the Democratic Party.”

Pelosi disagreed with the criticism over the border bill and let “the squad” know about it during an interview with the New York Times’ Maureen Dowd, dismissing these women as squeaky wheels and just four votes.

Pelosi feels that the four made themselves irrelevant to the process by voting against “our bill,” as she put it, which she felt was the strongest one she could get. “All these people have their public whatever and their Twitter world,” she said. “But they didn’t have any following. They’re four people and that’s how many votes they got.”

Not one to back away from a name-calling fight, Ocasio-Cortez chimed in on Twitter on Sunday:

Despite all the public chirping back and forth, Pelosi claimed that the media is making a mountain out of molehill, arguing that they should be more focused on the conditions at the border.

Still, she didn’t back down from “the squad’s” criticisms of her.

“If the left doesn’t think I’m left enough, so be it,” Pelosi told Dowd. “As I say to these people, come to my basement. I have these signs about single-payer (health care) from 30 years ago. I understand what they’re saying. But we have a responsibility to get something done, which is different from advocacy. We have to have a solution, not just a Twitter fight.”

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