House spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi mocked Alexandria Ocasio Cortez and other members of the progressive “squad” as they arrived in Congress amid mounting tensions between the party’s moderate and left factions, according to a new report.
On Thursday Politico published an adapted excerpt from USA today The new book by Susan Page, head of the Washington Bureau Spokeswoman: Nancy Pelosi and the Lessons of Power, what details how Tensions arose early on between Pelosi and the cadre, the progressive group of legislators elected in 2018 and to which Ocasio-Cortez and representatives Ayanna Pressley (D., Mass.), Ilhan Omar (D., Minn.) And Rashida Tlaib (D.) belong. Me.).
After members of the squad cast the only four Democratic votes against an immigration bill the spokesman had supported, Pelosi showed little concern about their opposition, Page writes.
“All of these people have their public and their Twitter world,” she said The New York Times in an interview at the time. “But they have no followers. That’s four people, and that’s how many votes they got. “
The situation escalated when Ocasio-Cortez’s chief of staff, Saikat Chakrabarti, sent out a series of critical tweets about the speaker.
“Pelosi claims we cannot focus on impeachment because it is a distraction from kitchen table issues,” he wrote. “But I urge you to find voters who can name one thing the House Democrats have done for their kitchen table this year. What is this legislative mastermind doing? ”
He has also broken up the Blue Dogs, a group of moderate Democrats, calling them the “New Southern Democrats,” a reference to the segregationists blocking civil rights legislation. “They certainly seem to the black and brown people to do today what the old Southern Democrats did in the 1940s,” he wrote. However, he later deleted the tweet.
Pelosi then reportedly attempted to reconcile the new members during a private meeting of the Democratic Caucus.
“So you have another complaint? You come and talk to me about it, ”she said. “But don’t tweet about our members and expect us to think that’s okay.”
“Some of you are here to make a nice pie,” she said, “but we make sausage most of the time.”
Page later asked if the new members hadn’t understood the “sausage-making process”. The journalist says that Pelosi was then “as openly excited as I had ever seen her in an interview – and not with me.”
“Some people come here, as Dave Obey would have said, to pose for sacred images,” she said.
Page writes that she then “changed her voice and mimicked a child trying to make a solemn demonstration of piety” and said, “See how perfect I am and how pure?”
“Do you remember when David said that all along?” Pelosi asked the Wisconsin Congressman. ‘OK, there is the group that will be posing for sacred images. Now let’s make laws here. ‘”
“And that’s experience,” said Pelosi.
“They will understand when they have something they want to pass on,” said Pelosi. “If you don’t want results, you never have to do anything. But if you have something you want to pass on, better if your chief of staff doesn’t tweet the way it was sent. Totally inappropriate. “
“I’ve never seen anything like it,” she added.
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