The war of words between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (CA) and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) definitely heated up today after provocative remarks the freshman Congresswoman made to the Washington Post complaining about Pelosi’s treatment of the Queenie Quartet went viral.
The Hill reports:
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) accused Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) of repeatedly singling out newly elected women of color in the House, saying that the veteran congresswoman’s criticism has become “outright disrespectful.”
Ocasio-Cortez made the remarks in an interview with The Washington Post late Wednesday after a day of heightened tensions between Pelosi and House Democrats.
“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 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,” she added.
— Aaron Blake (@AaronBlake) July 11, 2019
The “newly elected women of color” AOC is referring to are her BFFs Ilhan Omar (MN), Rashida Tlaib (MI), and Ayanna Pressley (MA).
Hours after the the report was published, Ocasio-Cortez backtracked by saying that, contra to what she told the Post, she did not think Pelosi was racist in any way:
…knowing the amount of death threats we get, knowing the amount of concentration of attention, I think it’s worth asking why.”
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) July 11, 2019
I asked AOC if she thinks Pelosi has racial animus or is racist, and she said: “No, no, absolutely not, absolutely not.”
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) July 11, 2019
So Pelosi is deliberately targeting WOC but she’s not racist? Oookay.
Daily Wire‘s Matt Walsh is siding with Pelosi on this one:
I understand the "let them eat their own" mentality, but @AOC's remarks about Pelosi just prove what a race-baiting, attention-seeking, disingenous, whiney brat AOC is. I never thought I'd take Pelosi's side in anything but AOC is just that remarkably terrible.
— Matt Walsh (@MattWalshBlog) July 11, 2019
Good points. But if you’re inclined to feel sorry for Pelosi in this battle, don’t. What’s happening here is that Democrats are being hoisted by their own petards, and instead of being able to keep their focus on Republicans, Democrats are trading barbs with each other in a very public and embarrassing way.
It’s almost impossible to keep track of how often AOC, Tlaib, Omar, and Pressley have disingenuously played the “woman of color” card over the last several months in response to any and all Republican criticisms. Not only that, they won’t hesitate to insinuate that even the bare minimum criticism they receive puts them under “constant threat” (so shut up with your dissent!).
This is what passes for “substantive” debate with them. They want to talk and lecture while you shut up and listen – and conform.
That the leader of the pack has turned around and used the POC card against one of her own shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone. Unlike with Pelosi, AOC is not in Congress to break bread in the interest of bipartisanship and getting things done. Her method of operation is Governing by Twitter. It’s her way or the highway – and if you dare cross her, expect her to go nuclear on you in response, and her social media cultists to respond accordingly.
AOC’s tirade has had the intended effect. It’s stirred up the Woke Mafia into voodoo dolling the House Speaker.
Black Lives Matter co-founder Alicia Garza:
Last tweet for me today: I find it pretty sad that Nancy Pelosi has chosen to use her incredible platform to belittle the accomplishments of 4 women of color who frankly did the work to be there and are doing their jobs. She’s being a bully and it’s really shitty. #YeahISaidIt
— Alicia Garza (@aliciagarza) July 10, 2019
Unhinged MSNBC host Joy Reid:
Trying to squash the Fab Four and other freshmen who are creating a unique voice in American politics for women of color seems like an odd way to grow the party. But it's not shocking for a party that is singularly obsessed with winning back "Reagan Democrats." https://t.co/EoEwslQihM
— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) July 11, 2019
Bree Newsome, the social justice warrior activist/liberal icon who climbed up the pole in South Carolina and took down the Confederate flag:
Everybody trying to understand why Pelosi is attacking 4 newly elected WOC in her own party with more vigor than the President flagrantly committing crime, repeat after me:
Once more, that term describing the system is
— Bree Newsome Bass (@BreeNewsome) July 11, 2019
You have to wonder, though, if AOC’s friendly-fire tactics will have the opposite effect on other Democrats, though:
As a politically active African-American woman, IMO- AOC has reached the limit. She is a woman of color who needs to have some fucking self-control. NP just happened to let her know that. I am so sick of AOC. The media built this little monster.
— fullyfaceted (@crimsonelegance) July 11, 2019
— Based in North Carolina, Sister Toldjah is a former liberal and a 15+ year veteran of blogging with an emphasis on media bias, social issues, and the culture wars. Read her Red State archives here. Connect with her on Twitter. –