"It's damaging to the party and the internal workings of the Democratic Party".
We should have seen this coming: After less than a year in office, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez already has become the most tediously predictable person in politics. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Rashida Tlaib of MI and Ayanna Pressley of MA don't have power.
An all-out racially-charged fight within the House Democratic caucus escalated Saturday when an African American freshman lawmaker said the party doesn't need "any more black voices that don't want to be a black voice". Not particularly", she told The New Yorker Radio Hour, later adding that "the last time I kind of spoke to [Pelosi] one-on-one was when she asked me to join the Select Committee on Climate Change. But they didn't have any following. "We do not get anywhere by blaming the people who are doing their best to help these people".
The Washington Examiner reported Ocasio-Cortez had charged that Pelosi was "outright disrespectful" to women "of color".
"That public "whatever" is called public sentiment", Ocasio-Cortez tweeted Saturday. "And wielding the power to shift it is how we actually achieve meaningful change in this country". I've known Rep. Davids for a long time, consider her a friend, and encouraged her to run for Congress back in the fall of 2016.
Tlaib, for her part, last Sunday told ABC's Martha Raddatz suggested that Pelos doesn't know what it feels like to be "dehumanized", but The Squad does, and that they four wouldn't " stand by and sit idly by and allow brown and dark-skinned children to be ripped away from their parents to be dehumanized", which she implied was what Pelosi was doing.
He also upbraided Ocasio-Cortez's chief of staff Saikat Chakrabarti and the progressive group Justice Democrats as "juvenile" and "ignorant".
Earlier in the week, Pelosi scolded her members in a closed-door meeting, telling them not to tweet their grievances and instead to come to her if they have a problem. Ocasio-Cortez does not have the courage to come out and call Pelosi a racist, and so she only makes suggestive complaints about race and says she is "pointing out a pattern".
Pelosi is right in one regard: that Democrats' "diversity is their strength".
Although Pelosi appeared intent on refocusing the party's attention, some lawmakers could not put the feud to bed.
"I don't think people have to be personally racist to enable a racist system", Chakrabarti wrote.
"Brent can win, he can win", Ocasio-Cortez said past year on The Dig, a podcast from far-left Jacobin magazine, according to The Intercept. Another by Rep. Raul Ruiz, D-Calif., would establish care standards for migrants being held. Bass reportedly said she plans to talk with the freshmen congresswoman about her remarks.
The tweet has emerged as a key flash point in a simmering feud between Pelosi and "the Squad" - freshman Democratic Representatives Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts, Rashida Tlaib of MI, and Ocasio-Cortez of New York - one that burst into a full boil this week after simmering for months when Pelosi told The New York Times that the four "didn't have any following, " citing their lonely votes last month against a Democratic-crafted bill to address the southern border crisis.