Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) was not happy with a recent accusation that she insulted Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).
Responding to a story from The Independent titled “Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez shouldn’t insult Nancy Pelosi. She should learn from her,” the New York congresswoman used Pelosi’s own words to prove her point.
“‘A glass of water could’ve [beat a 20-yr incumbt].’ ‘The Green Dream or whatever.’ ‘Their public whatever,'” she tweeted, referencing several times Pelosi notably took shots at the freshman Democrat member of Congress.
Ocasio-Cortez added after the quotes that she won’t “let everyday people be dismissed.”
“Those aren’t quotes from me; they‘re from the Speaker. Having respect for ourselves doesn’t mean we lack respect for her. It means we won’t let everyday people be dismissed,” she tweeted.
“A glass of water could’ve [beat a 20-yr incumbt]”
“The Green Dream or whatever”
“Their public whatever”
Those aren’t quotes from me; they‘re from the Speaker. Having respect for ourselves doesn’t mean we lack respect for her.
It means we won’t let everyday people be dismissed. https://t.co/VMRkcd8xlL
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) July 8, 2019
Ocasio-Cortez’s comments are just the latest in a war of words between Speaker of the House Pelosi and several freshman Dems like Ocasio-Cortez.
“All these people have their public whatever and their Twitter world,” Pelosi recently said about Ocasio-Cortez, Reps. Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, and Ayanna Pressley in an interview with the Times.
Pelosi added, “But they didn’t have any following. They’re four people and that’s how many votes they got.”
Ocasio-Cortez had already swung back at Pelosi over the weekend saying, “That public ‘whatever’ is called public sentiment. And wielding the power to shift it is how we actually achieve meaningful change in this country.”
She added, “I find it strange when members act as though social media isn’t important. They set millions of [dollars] on [fire] to run TV ads so people can see their message. I haven’t dialed for dollars *once* this year [and] have more time to do my actual job. Yet we’d rather campaign like it’s 2008.”
Tlaib also responded to Pelosi recently saying, “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.”
She added, “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. 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.”
Asked what she would say to Pelosi directly about her comments, 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.”
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