Congressman Lacy Clay, a high-ranking black democrat, accused Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of playing the race ticket against Speaker Nancy Pelosi for not being aware of a bill financing the border.
& # 39; What a weak argument. Because you can't get your way and because you push back, you use the racing card. Unbelievable. Incredibly, & he said to reporters in the Capitol on Thursday.
Clay referred to Ocasio-Cortez's anger over Pelosi's pushing $ 4.6 billion border bill from the Republican Senate, which the speaker did after the upper room refused to take the House Democrats measure on humanitarian to include assistance for the border.
Congressman Lacy Clay, an older black democrat, accused Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of playing the race card against Speaker Nancy Pelosi
Congressman Lacy Clay and Speaker Nancy Pelosi tour through a children's center in St. Louis in March
The Missouri Democrat said he didn't care if someone spoke to Ocasio-Cortez about the problem.
& # 39; I could care less about it. I agree with the speaker. Four people. Four voices of 240 something. Who cares, & Clay commented, following Pelosi's & # 39; s criticism of Ocasio-Cortez and her & # 39; squadron & # 39; from four legislators.
And Congressman Val Demmings, an African-American Democrat from Florida, also defended Pelosi and said that she & # 39; helps people of color make sure they have the resources that everyone else does & # 39 ;.
Demmings, the former head of the Orlando police, stated that Pelosi was the better strategist.
& # 39; You know how people lose elections – by not having the ability to see the big picture and being unable to keep their eye on the ball, & # 39; she said.
The defense of the speaker of her legislators came after Ocasio-Cortez gave a inflammatory interview The Washington Post, where she accused Pelosi of repeatedly selecting & # 39; newly chosen women of color & # 39; And the speaker & # 39; downright disrespectful & # 39; called.
& # 39; When these comments first started, I thought she was keeping the progressive flank more an arm's length to protect more moderate members, which I understood, & # 39; said Ocasio-Cortez about Pelosi's & # 39; s criticism of her and & # 39; s team & # 39 ;.
& # 39; But the stubborn pick … it came to a point that it was simply utterly disrespectful … the explicit selection of newly elected women of color, & # 39; she continued.
Earlier on Thursday, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez returned with her accusation that Pelosi was a racist
Congressman Pramila Jayapal of the State of Washington, who jointly chaired the Progressive Caucus in the House, said she understood Ocasio-Cortez's concern and said Pelosi's comments may have been misinterpreted
Her comments were interrupted when she called the speaker racist.
But the freshman New York democrat walked back on Thursday and told CNN she doesn't think so much about Pelosi.
& # 39; No, no, absolutely not, absolutely not, & # 39; she said when she asked her if she thought the speaker was a racist.
Ocasio-Cortez did, however, take into account its comment that Pelosi seeks women of color.
& # 39; Well I think it's just a pattern, right? We are not just talking about progressives, it is differentiating between four individuals and knowing the media environment in which we operate, & she said, pointing to herself and other legislators, there have been death threats.
Ocasio-Cortez referred to himself and three other liberal freshman representatives, representatives of Ihan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, and Ayanna Pressley – a group that self & # 39; the team & # 39; calls.
Congressman Pramila Jayapal of the state of Washington, who co-chaired the Progressive Caucus in the House, said she understood Ocasio-Cortez's concern and said Pelosi's remarks could be misinterpreted.
& # 39; As a woman of color and an immigrant woman, often the only one, & # 39; said the Indian-American democrat, & most of my career has been that. I can tell you it happens all the time. & # 39;
& # 39; The system is set up this way. I have generally seen Speaker Pelosi very respectful of our members. I would like to know what is happening here because the comments she made, no matter what she meant, have a certain interpretation about this and I think it is only important that we make this clear, & # 39; she told reporters in the capital.
She said she and Congressman Mark Pocan – the Co-President of the Progressive Caucus – have requested a meeting with Pelosi to address this issue and & # 39; the general relationship of progressives to the democratic caucus & # 39; to discuss.
She also suggested that Ocasio-Cortez would do well.
& # 39; You must have broad shoulders here and it doesn't always feel right. And it's just something we deal with as women in color, & she said.
Nancy Pelosi dismissed an Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez accusation she is racist
The speaker bit reporters who tried to question her further about the feud
Pelosi on Thursday rejected Ocasio-Cortez's accusation that she is racist and alleged that the young legislator took offense because the speaker dressed one of the staff members of the New York Democrat for a tweet that essentially referred to some Democratic legislators as segregationists.
Pelosi defended her scolding from Ocasio-Cortez and her & # 39; team & # 39; at a closed-door meeting with legislators in the Capitol and said she was performing her job as party leader.
& # 39; They were offended because, at the request of my members, I spoke an insulting tweet that came from one of the member's offices that referred our Blue Dogs and our New Dems essentially as segregationists. Our members have taken offense. I tackled that. How they interpret it and take it to another place is up to them. But I'm not going to discuss it further, & she told reporters at her weekly news conference.
And the speaker bit journalists who tried to question her about the feud.
& # 39; Maybe you didn't hear what I said. I said what I am going to say on this subject. What I said in the caucus yesterday had an overwhelming response from my members because they know what the facts are and what we are responding to, & she said when she asked him again.
& # 39; We expect the value of every member of our caucus. The diversity is beautiful. Diversity is our strength. Unity is our strength. And we have a big fight and we're in the arena and that's all I'm going to say on this subject. If you want to waste your question, you can waste your question, & she added.
Saikat Chakrabarti, the chief of staff of Ocasio-Cortez, attacked pelosi and other democrats in a tweet during the weekend, criticizing the blue dog and new democrats – as the more moderate members of the party are known.
Speaker Pelosi said she stood up for lawmakers insulted by a tweet from staff member Saikat Chakrabarti, the chief of staff of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
Saikat Chakrabarti has removed this tweet, which many members of Congress found offensive
Chakrabarti referred to them as & # 39; New Southern Democrats & # 39 ;, which is seen as a code word for segregationists.
& # 39; Instead of & # 39; fiscal conservative but socially liberal & # 39 ;, let's the New Democrats and Blue Dog Caucus de & # 39; New Southern Democrats & # 39; They certainly seem to be doing hell to do black and brown people today what the old South Democrats did in the 40s, & he wrote Saturday.
He later deleted the post.
& # 39; I have deleted the tweet since, yes, I am angry. But I do think that if we do not make progress in the area of racial justice, it is because of the new Dems and blue dogs. Just like in 1940, & # 39; he wrote later.
After dressing up for social media manners during the Wednesday meeting, Pelosi said her members were angry at comments from the unelected executive.
& # 39; Our caucus is very upset about some of the comments from staff & # 39 ;, Pelosi told reporters Wednesday after the meeting.
The controversial point of view was shared just a few hours after Ocasio-Cortez accused Congress of using women's and minority groups as & # 39; negotiating chips & # 39; where they were auctioned and sold for their own political gain in a decades-old tradition.
Speaking with The New York Radio Hour, the freshman Democrat said she believes a significant amount of insincerity to admit vulnerable groups occurs between legislators during legislative discussions.
& # 39; When it comes to women of color in Congress, especially the first-year student, it is that we have both come across and represent communities that have been auctioned and that we have negotiated over the last 20 years – and we are over it.
& # 39; We see in these negotiations all the time – it's like fighting for black communities or policies that help women, & # 39; she said. & # 39; They negotiate records. And they are the first chips to be achieved in all legislative negotiations. & # 39;
Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has accused landlord Nancy Pelosi of repeatedly selecting & # 39; newly chosen women of color & # 39 ;, by labeling the veteran of the congress as being # #; downright disrespectful & # 39;
Ocasio-Cortez went back Thursday and said that CNN Pelosi is not a racist
During the same conversation, she also offered her opinion on the current position of the Democratic Party and urged her peers to stop looking at the term socialism as a dirty word.
She also seemed to be wiping Pelosi, claiming that power in the nation's capital has become too concentrated.
& # 39; We don't know how to talk about our own problems in a way that I believe is convincing … we are on defense too often. We are all too often afraid of our own values and stand up for them. And I feel like we're running too far away from our beliefs, & she said.
& # 39; Congress rules have changed over the years to put, I think, an insane amount of force into a handful of people – even within the House of Representatives themselves. The speaker, (party) leadership, committee chairmen … over the years the rules have changed to consolidate power to a large extent. & # 39;
Ocasio-Cortez accused Congress of using women and minority groups as & # 39; negotiating chips & # 39; for decades, during which they were auctioned and sold for their own political gain
Pelosi said her comments to the Democrats were behind closed doors on Wednesday to defend her members
The outspoken Democrat and her three close colleagues & # 39; s have been embroiled in a public gap with Pelosi since Congress approved a border finance law that the four young congress women were opposed to.
The speaker has since repeatedly rejected the extreme left environmental and health care proposals of the progressive quartet, causing frustration for & # 39; the team & # 39 ;.
But the feud became unpleasant on Wednesday when Pelosi again focused on the four in a caucus meeting with closed doors.
& # 39; Do you have a complaint? You come and talk to me about it. But don't tweet about our members and expect us to think that that's just okay, ”said Pelosi during the meeting, according to a source in the room.
Ocasio-Cortez was in the room hearing that message when she noticed she left the meeting after it was over.
But outside, the legislator insisted on defying Pelosi's call to stop the tweets and not changing her social media habits.
& # 39; No, & # 39; said Ocasio-Cortez on Wednesday afternoon with a big grin on DailyMail.com, when asked if she would change how vocal she was online after reading Pelosi.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez defies Nancy Pelosi's call to stop the tweets and will not change her social media habits
Nancy Pelosi gave a loud lecture to her democratic legislators and warned them to stop tweeting about their colleagues.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tore up during a hearing on Wednesday, when she listened to Yazmin Jurez, a migrant from Guatemala, told how her 19-month-old daughter, Mariee, died after falling ill at an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention facility
The speaker pushed to cool tensions between her more moderate and liberal party wings in the aftermath of a boiling audience that was partly due to comments she made to the New York Times about Ocasio-Cortez and her "squad" of liberal legislators.
Pelosi warned members of her party during an early morning meeting in the Capitol that they endangered the Democratic majority in the House of Representatives with the public bickering.
Her speech was intended to unite the party and was praised by lawmakers, according to a source of a room.
Her unification call came after Pelosi members of & # 39; the team & # 39; criticized as they call themselves – Representatives Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib and Ayanna Pressley – to vote against the $ 4 billion border ticket, where $ 3 billion of it would fund humanitarian aid on the US-Mexican border.
The version of the bill that ended up in the House last month was the Republican version, after the Democrat version in the Senate was rejected.
Pelosi supported the GOP legislation and beat the legislators who did not.
& # 39; All these people have their audience whatever and their Twitter world & # 39 ;, Pelosi told the New York Times. & # 39; But they had no consequence. They are four people and that is the number of votes they have received. & # 39;
Ocasio-Cortez went on Twitter to criticize the speaker.
Defiance: AOC, to be seen earlier this year in New York, will not fall back in its feud with Nancy Pelosi
Earlier this week, delegate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez criticized Speaker Pelosi on twitter
& # 39; That audience & # 39; whatever & # 39; becomes & # 39; mentioned public sentiment & # 39; tweeted Ocasio-Cortez hours after Pelosi's comments were published. & # 39; And with the power to shift it, is how we actually bring about meaningful change in this country. & # 39;
& # 39; Respect for ourselves does not mean that we have no respect for her. It means that we won't let the ordinary people get fired, & she said.
Ocasio-Cortez had also visited Twitter to encourage democrats not to vote for the Republican border bill, which exceeded 230-195 before lawmakers left on their fourth July recess.
The speaker said she did not regret her comment to The Times.
& # 39; Regret is not what I do & # 39 ;, she told reporters after meeting legislators.
And Pelosi told lawmakers on Wednesday morning that it is better to do something than nothing for the migrant children being held at the border.
& # 39; Mitch McConnell would have been very happy if we had not endured anything and nothing had been done. He doesn't care about the children, & she said about the GOP leader of the Senate.
& # 39; But have nothing to go to the kids. I just couldn't do that. I am here to help the children when it is easy and when it is difficult. Some of you are here to make a nice pate, but we make the most sausage, "she added.
She warned them to stay united against the GOP.
Delegate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez says she has not spoken with Speaker Nancy Pelosi in months
The feud between the first-year legislators and Speaker Pelosi has warmed up this week
& # 39; We are opposed to this – a Republican Party, in government and in Congress, who does not believe in government – by honoring the responsibility of the people, not believing in science, data, truth, evidence, fact to give up respond, & # 39; she said.
& # 39; So don't play in their hands. Every day some of our members have to fight for their re-election. It's easy for me in my district, right? I never have to worry about whether a Democrat will represent that district, whether it's me or someone else. But in their district it makes a difference to what we can do for the American people if we have the majority, & she said.
& # 39; So, I hope there will be some degree of respect and sensitivity to our – every individual experience that we bring to this Caucus. When we won the Majority in & # 39; 06, we were able to do great things for the country, including a path to choosing a Democratic president. This time we have the same chance, except that we didn't win the senate, and that's a challenge. & # 39;
Pelosi told the lawmakers to keep their anger for her.
& # 39; You make me the target, but don't make our Blue Dogs and our new Dems the target of it all because we have to fry important fish & # 39 ;, she added.
But she reminded them that we are a family.
& # 39; Although we're talking about family, let me just say, in every family you have your moments, & # 39; she said, adding & sometimes we all agree on this side of the room opposite their back of the room or at the front of the room. But we are all a tool for each other and we must never undermine the power of anyone in our caucus. & # 39;
Representatives Ayanna Pressley (above), Ilhan Omar (left) and Rashida Tlaib – together with the unshown Ocasio Cortez – form the members of & # 39; the team & # 39 ;, a group of liberal legislators Speaker Pelosi has himself in a feud with
Her lecture came after Ocasio-Cortez revealed that she had not spoken to Pelosi in months and suggested that she be given a series of important committee work to keep her busy.
& # 39; I think people sometimes think we are in a relationship & # 39 ;, she told The New Yorker Radio Hour.
When asked if that was the case, the Democratic congressman said: & # 39; not particularly – not one that I believe is distinct from someone else & # 39 ;.
Ocasio-Cortez admitted that she had not spoken to the speaker one-on-one in months.
& # 39; The last time I spoke to her one by one was when she asked me to join the limited climate change selection committee, & # 39; she said.
Pelosi announced the members of that committee in February – six months ago.
The latest revelations from the New York legislature emerge as the power struggle between the young liberals elected during last year's wave elections and the older generation of democratic leaders surrendering to the public.
Pelosi led to the final fight with & # 39; the squad & # 39; – a group of four legislators who have become the face of liberal, diverse democrats who joined Congress after the 2018 elections.
The most prominent of these is Ocasio-Cortez, which has become a democratic force that needs to be taken into account – a fame that she suggested the party leadership was aware of, and noted that she had several prominent committee work in an effort to engage her. – and probably from their hair.
& # 39; I was assigned to some of the busiest committees and four subcommittees. So my hands are full. And sometimes I wonder if they're trying to keep me busy, & she said.
The New York legislator was assigned to the House Financial Services Committee and the House Committee on Oversight and Reform – both panels investigate President Donald Trump.
In the one-hour interview with the New Yorker, Ocasio-Cortez has covered many topics, including her recent visit to the border to visit immigrants detained there in detention centers and her thoughts on the 2020 presidential campaign.
Ocasio-Cortez said she didn't think Pelosi was irritated because she commented on the limited committee on climate change, which she said she did because the speaker would not meet her conditions to join the group – a timetable for legislation to be drafted, subpoena authorization and no member of the panel could absorb fossil fuel money.
The freshman lawmaker also said that the Democratic leadership was too busy to keep the Democratic majority from worrying about her.
& # 39; I think leadership, their primary goal now, is to ensure that everyone who has won a rocking seat returns. So I guess that's right where a lot of their time is right, I rightly think, "Ocasio-Cortez said.
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