According to recent reports from Fox News and The Hill, Congressman William Lacy Clay is fiercely defending House Speaker Nancy Pelosi amid her public feud with freshman Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Earlier this week, Ocasio-Cortez told the Washington Post that she believes Pelosi has engaged in a pattern of mistreatment against minorities. Clay, a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, condemned Ocasio-Cortez for “playing the race card.”
“What a weak argument, because you can’t get your way and because you’re getting pushback you resort to using the race card? Unbelievable. That’s unbelievable to me,” Clay told The Hill. “I could care less. I could really care less. I agree with the Speaker. Four people, four votes out of 240 people, who cares.”
Clay is referring to Ocasio-Cortez and her three allies in Congress, Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar, and Ayanna Pressley. The four freshman Congresswomen were the only members of the US House of Representatives to vote against a recent bipartisan bill to provide emergency humanitarian funding toward the border. Their decision to vote against the funding seems to have ignited the most recent dispute between Pelosi and her fellow Democrats.
In response to the four Democrats in Congress voting against the emergency funding, Pelosi told 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.”
Pelosi continued her attack on the freshman Congresswomen throughout the interview, suggesting they do not 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.
The comments clearly did not sit well with Ocasio-Cortez, as she fired back with a variety of racially charged comments about Pelosi. Although, perhaps Ocasio-Cortez should have chosen her words a bit more carefully considering her recent history on the subject.
Just weeks ago, the freshman Congresswoman faced immense criticism when her chief of staff Saikat Chakrabarti compared moderate Democrats to segregationists. The comparison was clearly nonsensical, as numerous moderate Democrats are also ethnic minorities. Chakrabarti eventually deleted the Tweet following reports of pushback from Democratic leadership.
“It shows you how ignorant and little history [Chakrabarti] knows, how ignorant he is to American history. How dare he,” Clay said to The Hill. “They’re missing the fact that we have a very thin margin of a majority that we’re operating under and apparently it doesn’t matter to Justice Democrats, they just want to get skins. They want to score points for whatever reason. But I find it juvenile, their tactics, I find their ignorance to be beyond belief about American history and about who are really segregationists. And so how dare they try to play the race card at this point, it shows you the weakness of their arguments.”
Even President Trump defended Speaker Pelosi from Ocasio-Cortez’s accusations earlier today. The president also took the opportunity to attack Ocasio-Cortez and her allies in Congress. While defending Pelosi, the president suggested that Congresswoman Ilhan Omar may have some considerable skeletons in her closet.