Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is facing backlash from multiple people in her own party after she lashed out at several freshman members of Congress in an interview with The New York Times.
Asked about freshman Democrats like Rep. Alexandria Oscasio-Cortez (D-NY), Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), and Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), Pelosi downplayed their power and blasted the “Twitter world” where they find the most popularity.
Asked about Pelosi’s interview, Tlaib told ABC, “You know people like us, people like me and Ayanna, Ilhan and Alexandria, we’re reflective of our nation in many ways. But many of us didn’t run to be first of anything, but more people like us have been missing in the halls of Congress. More people like us, people of color have been missing in the chamber because most of us – and Ayanna Pressley says it more beautifully, people that are closest to the pain needs to be at the table making these decisions.”
Pelosi’s words followed the freshman Dems she singled out voting against a bill to fund humanitarian efforts on the border.
Tlaib continued, “Guess what, we know what it feels like to be dehumanized. We know what it feels like to be brown and black in this country.”
The congresswoman then added, “And I’ll tell you right now, we’re not going to stand by and sit idly by and allow brown and dark-skinned children to be ripped away from their parents to be dehumanized.”
That statement is the most extreme as it suggests that Pelosi is not fully doing her duty because she does not care as much about the suffering of non-white people.
Source: Fox News
Asked then what she would say to Pelosi if she could speak to her directly, Tlaib said, “Honor the fact we are there, that 650,000 people are represented by each and every single one of us, that there is some sort of, I think in many ways, something special about having a refugee, having a woman that, you know, has experienced alone what incarceration has done to her family, right. All of us have these experiences that I think have been missing in the halls of Congress.”
She added, “Honor that, respect that, put us at the table. Let’s come up with a solution together.”
Before the segment ended, Tlaib quickly added, “It is very disappointing that the speaker would ever try to diminish our voices in so many ways.”
Ocasio-Cortez has also responded to Pelosi’s criticisms.
“That public ‘whatever’ is called public sentiment. And wielding the power to shift it is how we actually achieve meaningful change in this country,” AOC tweeted.
That public “whatever” is called public sentiment.
And wielding the power to shift it is how we actually achieve meaningful change in this country. https://t.co/u6JtgwwRsk
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) July 7, 2019
The comment was in response to Pelosi saying of freshman Dem like AOC, “All these people have their public whatever and their Twitter world.”
She then added, “But they didn’t have any following. They’re four people and that’s how many votes they got.”
Asked whether she is not far enough left to lead her party, Pelosi responded, “If the left doesn’t think I’m left enough, so be it.”
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