AOC suggests Nancy Pelosi is racist as feud heats up

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AOC suggests Nancy Pelosi is racist as feud heats up
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AOC suggests Nancy Pelosi is racist as feud heats up
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Freshman Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez went after fellow Democrat and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi once again, this time during an interview with the Washington Post. Ocasio-Cortez told the outlet that she believes Pelosi has engaged in a pattern of mistreatment against minorities. Earlier this week, the freshman Congresswoman accused Pelosi of using minorities as “bargaining chips.”

“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 an interview with The New Yorker Radio Hour on Tuesday, Ocasio-Cortez said, “We see in these negotiations all the time— it’s like fighting for black communities or policies that help women. They’re bargaining chips. And they’re the first chips that are reached for in any legislative negotiations.”

The conflict between Pelosi and Ocasio-Cortez seems to stem from the freshman Congresswoman’s decision last week to vote against funding toward humanitarian aid at the border. Ocasio-Cortez was one of only four members of the House of Representatives to vote against the bill providing $4.5 billion in emergency border funding. All four members to vote against the funding were freshman Democratic Congresswomen.

Pelosi was clearly unhappy about her fellow Democrats, telling The New York Times, “All these people have their public whatever and their Twitter world. But they didn’t have any following. They’re four people and that’s how many votes they got.”

House Speaker Pelosi continued targeting the freshman Congresswomen throughout her interview with The New York Times, suggesting they don’t understand the difference between gaining Twitter followers and winning elections. “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,” Pelosi said.

A small rift between Pelosi and Ocasio-Cortez first appeared back in April. When asked about a potential conflict between Democratic leadership and more progressive members of the party, Pelosi referred to the opposition as “like five people.” The House Speaker went on to say that a “glass of water would win with a ‘D’ next to its name in those districts.”

Following the release of her comments to the Washington Post, Ocasio-Cortez told CNN that she doesn’t actually believe Pelosi is racist. However, she also refused to back down from comments accusing Pelosi of engaging in a pattern of racist behavior.

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