Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez accused House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of the “explicit singling out of newly elected women of color,” referring to a group of freshmen Democrats who have disagreed with Pelosi.
Ocasio-Cortez told the Washington Post that Pelosi’s criticism of her and other members of the unofficial group has become “outright disrespectful.”
Reps. Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, and Ayanna Pressley have clashed with Pelosi over the Democratic Party’s stance on issues like border control and impeaching President Trump.
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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said that Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has engaged in “explicit singling out of newly elected women of color” in her attempts to maintain control of the Democratic Party.
Ocasio-Cortez complained that Pelosi’s treatment of a group of congresswomen — herself, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, and Ayanna Pressley — is now “outright disrespectful.”
The group of four, all in their first term, often vocally disagree with the rest of the party on issues including border control and whether to pursue the impeachment of President Donald Trump.
In an interview with The Washington Post, Ocasio-Cortez said that Pelosi had been making “comments” about the group, a move that she increasingly sees as “disrespectful.”
“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.
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“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.”
She did not expand the issue of race, which she mentioned only once.
According to the Post, Ocasio-Cortez’s group is trying to manage Pelosi’s recent efforts to …read more
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