It seems Democrats are making enemies within their squad.
Recently, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has made enemies of another Democratic lawmaker, many reports confirmed.
During an interview for a new book, Pelosi reportedly slammed another Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, saying that the far-left lawmaker nearly cost Democrats their majority in the House of Representatives.
This is not the first Pelosi ripped on AOC, back in 2019 Pelosi pushed back against Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and other progressive newcomers for their opposition to a largely bipartisan border spending bill, referring to them as just “four people.
Pelosi has repeatedly mocked Ocasio-Cortez and the other three far-left House Democrats, telling The New York Times in 2019:
“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.”
In January 2021, Nancy Pelosi is rejecting criticism from Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez that she is not receptive to younger members and does not groom them for future leadership roles.
And now, Pelosi’s latest jab at Ocasio-Cortez is featured in the new book, “This Will Not Pass,” which is slated to be released in early May.
Punchbowl News reported:
Pelosi privately blames progressives for nearly costing Democrats the House and said AOC and Jayapal were fighting to be “queen bee” of the left. “In a few strictly confidential conversations she pointed a finger leftward. Pelosi told one senior lawmaker that Democrats had alienated Asian and Hispanic immigrants with loose talk of socialism. In some of the same communities, the Italian Catholic speaker said, Democrats had not been careful enough about the way they spoke about abortion among new Americans who were devout people of faith.”
During the infrastructure vote, Pelosi was angry “and in private she vented about the progressive blockade that had forced her to cancel the infrastructure vote. … She told another House Democrat that Pramila Jayapal and Ocasio-Cortez were vying to be the ‘queen bee’ of the left, but that their reward might be serving in the House minority after the next election.”
Pelosi also took a shot at Ocasio-Cortez during interviews that she gave for a new biography by USA Today Washington bureau chief Susan Page.
According to an Axios report:
Pelosi spoke ten separate times with Page for the book, scheduled for release on April 20. During the interviews, Pelosi took shots at several prominent members of her own party including Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts, and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan. She mocks Ocasio-Cortez specifically for her youth and apparent ignorance.
Pelosi unloads on the Squad, at one point adopting a child-like voice when discussing Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and offers the Squad this blunt advice: “You’re not a one-person show. This is the Congress of the United States.”
Back in April of 2019, Pelosi also mocked Ocasio-Cortez in an interview with CBS’ “60 Minutes” while dismissing the far-left wing of the party.
Host Lesley Stahl said:
“So you are contending with a group in Congress: Over here on the left flank are these self-described socialists, on the right, these moderates. And you yourself said that you’re the only one who can unify everybody. And the question is, can you?”
“By and large, whatever orientation they came to Congress with, they know that we have to hold the center. That we have to go down the mainstream.”
“You have these wings — AOC, and her group on one side —”
Pelosi fired back:
“That’s like five people.”