Freshman Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (now much more commonly referred to by her initials – AOC) has now jumped on the bandwagon of one of the Left’s favorite hot buttons by using the term RACIST against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. I suppose it was only a matter of time, and frankly, I’m surprised it’s taken her this long to throw it on the table.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) accused Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) of racism on Wednesday, telling the Washington Post that Pelosi was guilty of “the explicit singling out of newly elected women of color.”
Pelosi and Ocasio-Cortez — also known as “AOC” — have feuded ever since the “democratic socialist” newcomer upset incumbent Rep. Joe Crowley (D-NY), a member of the party’s leadership team under Pelosi, in last year’s primary race.
The latest spat began on Saturday, when columnist Maureen Dowd of the New York Timesreported that Pelosi had disparaged AOC and her allies on the left (original links):
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:
On Wednesday, Pelosi held a meeting with her caucus in which she reportedly insisted on party unity, and discouraged House members from tweeting criticisms of each other or the leadership.
Asked by reporters whether she regretted criticizing AOC in public, Pelosi said: “Regrets is [sic] not what I do.”
Ocasio-Cortez did not tweet. But she did talk 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 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.”
The Post 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.
Pelosi was apparently upset that Ocasio-Cortez had declined to serve on a select committee on climate change, preferring to launch her own “Green New Deal.”
It might be laughable if it wasn’t so true that of all the people on the planet, the most hard-core Democrats were in the past and now in the present seem to be the most predisposed to be racist. Or perhaps I should say they use racism as a manipulative device when it suits them and as a tool to threaten someone with whom they disagree.
I see it as a classic bullying tool for someone to get their own way. If you’ve ever been acquainted with someone who turns every conversation into a contest or a battle of wills, you know what I mean. AOC wants to see her agenda pushed forward, and has now drawn a new line in the sand that I bet she’s just waiting for Nancy or someone else to step across and bring the challenge to her.