Freshman congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez suggested that Democratic leadership was trying to load up her schedule on purpose, complaining, “Sometimes I wonder if they’re trying to keep me busy.”
The New York democratic socialist gave the complaint during an interview released Tuesday on “The New Yorker Radio Hour,” where she said, “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.”
Pelosi and Ocasio-Cortez have feuded ever since the Democratic socialist newcomer upset incumbent Rep. Joe Crowley, a member of the party’s leadership team under Pelosi, in last year’s primary race.
AOC has been known to be a handful for House Speaker Pelosi to deal with since then, as she has publicly opposed leadership and voted against it on a number of issues, making an ineffective party of Democrats even more useless. Her rebelliousness is not without company however, as AOC has banded together with a few other far-left America Hating Freshman Democratic Congresswomen, calling themselves “the squad.”
Ocasio-Cortez holds a number of prominent committee assignments, placed in her lap by leadership months ago. The Daily Mail noted that the freshman serves on the House Financial Services Committee and the Committee on Oversight and Reform — both of which are currently investigating President Donald Trump.
The latest fight between Pelosi and AOC began on Saturday, when columnist Maureen Dowd of the New York Times reported that Pelosi had disparaged AOC and her allies on the left:
“I asked Pelosi whether, after being the subject of so many you-go-girl memes for literally clapping back at Trump, it was jarring to get a bad headline like the one in HuffPost that day — “What The Hell Is Nancy Pelosi Doing?” The article described the outrage of the Squad, as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts are known.
Pelosi feels that the four made themselves irrelevant to the process by voting against “our bill,” as she put it, which she felt was the strongest one she could get. “All these people have their public whatever and their Twitter world,” she said. “But they didn’t have any following. They’re four people and that’s how many votes they got.”
AOC responded on Twitter by calling out Pelosi for her past efforts to disparage the party’s “democratic socialist” wing:
Pelosi held a meeting with her caucus on Wednesday which she used to insist on party unity in, and discouraged House members from tweeting criticisms of each other or the leadership.
When asked by reporters whether she regretted criticizing AOC in public, Pelosi replied, “Regrets is [sic] not what I do.”
Ocasio-Cortez spoke to the Washington Post, the newspaper of record in the capital city:
“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 said. “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.”
The Washington Post also noted that even though Pelosi had posed with AOC and other “Justice Democrats” on the cover of Rolling Stone earlier this year, the two have not spoken “one-on-one” since February.
The Dems. clearly have trouble in paradise. Constant bickering and their inability to agree on things has their party stuck in quicksand. A troubling sign for liberals looking toward 2020.