The feud between House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez isn’t going away anytime soon. While the former has lashed out repeatedly in interviews and press conferences, the later has refused listening to accusations she insulted the House Speaker. Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., pushed back on the claim after it was raised in an opinion piece published by The Independent, even using some of Pelosi’s own previous statements in the process. Responding to the opinion piece, titled “Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez shouldn’t insult Nancy Pelosi. She should learn from her,” the freshman turned the Speaker’s words against her, slamming her in the process. “‘A glass of water could’ve [beat a 20-yr incumbt].’ ‘The Green Dream or whatever.’ ‘Their public whatever.’
“A glass of water could’ve [beat a 20-yr incumbt]”
“The Green Dream or whatever”
“Their public whatever”
Those aren’t quotes from me; they‘re from the Speaker. Having respect for ourselves doesn’t mean we lack respect for her.
It means we won’t let everyday people be dismissed. https://t.co/VMRkcd8xlL
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) July 8, 2019
“Those aren’t quotes from me; they‘re from the Speaker. Having respect for ourselves doesn’t mean we lack respect for her. “It means we won’t let everyday people be dismissed.”
AOC’s tweet comes as a result of an ongoing fight between the two. This was the latest in a string of tense clashes between her and Pelosi, D-Calif., coming just days after a New York Times interview in which the speaker criticized her fellow Democrat.
“All these people have their public whatever and their Twitter world,” Pelosi told the Times, in reference to Ocasio-Cortez, Reps. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., and Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., all of whom voted against the House’s $4.5 billion bill to address humanitarian issues at the U.S.-Mexico border.
“But they didn’t have any following. They’re four people and that’s how many votes they got.
Ocasio-Cortez hit back on Saturday night as expected.
“That public ‘whatever’ is called public sentiment,” she tweeted. “And wielding the power to shift it is how we actually achieve meaningful change in this country.”
She then went ahead to defend the use of social media by herself and her fellow Freshmen in Congress, over the more traditional – and often more expensive and time-consuming – methods favored by longer-serving lawmakers.
“I find it strange when members act as though social media isn’t important,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote. “They set millions of [dollars] on [fire] to run TV ads so people can see their message.
“I haven’t dialed for dollars *once* this year,” she added, “& have more time to do my actual job. Yet we’d rather campaign like it’s 2008.”
This stinging attacks on each other can harm the party as there’s already a perceived threat of division in the democratic party. With the 2020 elections coming fast, can the Democrats afford this huge brawl?
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