Black Caucus Member William Lacy Clay Says Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Is Using the Race Card in Pelosi Fight

Saying he was personally offended at the suggestion, the long-tenured member of the Congressional Black Caucus said Thursday that Ocasio-Cortez and three fellow progressive freshmen women who call themselves “The Squad” were lashing out because “they didn’t get their way” as the tensions between the old guard of Democratic leadership and the young, assertive lawmakers with outsized social network presences exploded into public view. 

…As Clay—who has been targeted for a primary challenge by Justice Democrats, the group that propelled Ocasio Cortez’s campaign—went off on the group, his colleagues rallied to the Speaker’s defense. 

“I don’t think that she’s singling out women of color,” said Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA), the chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, a group where goodwill toward the speaker runs deep. 

…Rep. Lou Correa (D-CA), a member of the centrist Blue Dog Coalition, said every member had a right to free speech. “I’ll speak for myself and say that, Ms. Pelosi, to me, is one of the finest leaders I’ve met and I’ve got to work with.”

…Asked about the issue as she exited the House floor on Thursday, Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA)—a lawmaker usually unafraid to speak her mind—just shook her head. 

“I don’t pay any attention to it,” she said. 

Black Caucus Member William Lacy Clay Says Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Is Using the Race Card in Pelosi Fight

Gotta love Auntie Maxine. Now there’s a woman with her priorities in order: getting shit done and not getting embroiled in self-sabotaging and childish games like hypocritical and counterproductive attacks on her own side.

Take notes ladies of the self-sabotage squad, take notes. Stop causing yourself and others needless problems, stop expecting leadership to support bills that won’t pass, stop making things about yourselves and start being part of the solution.

I mean, don’t you have enough enemies on the other side of the aisle? Did you really think you can promote your agenda without allies? Grow up or go home. You know damn well that public opinion can swing from one direction to the other so you must be aware that you can be primaried too.


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