“What a weak argument, because you can’t get your way?” Rep. William Lacy Clay, D-Mo., a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, said of Ms. Ocasio-Cortez’s remark. “And because you are getting pushback, you resort to use the race card? Unbelievable. Unbelievable to me.”
…“It is a provocative statement,” said Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, D-Mo., a member of the Congressional Black Caucus. “The speaker has a lot of allies inside the caucus who are people of color. A lot – you know, like 99%.”
…Several other minority lawmakers said it wasn’t Ms. Pelosi who was in the wrong. Rep. Adriano Espaillat, D-N.Y., a member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, called Ms. Pelosi a “proven leader with a lot of experience and maturity.” He questioned the relevance of Ms. Ocasio-Cortez’s remarks.
…Saikat Chakrabarti, Ms. Ocasio-Cortez’s chief of staff, referred to members of moderate Democratic groups in a tweet last month as “New Southern Democrats” who are “hell bent to do to black and brown people today what the old Southern Democrats did in the 40s.”
…Mr. Clay rebuked Mr. Chakrabarti – a former leader of the Justice Democrats, a left-wing activist group that has supported primary challenges to Mr. Clay and other veteran minority Democrats: “It shows you how ignorant and little history he knows, how ignorant he is to American history. How dare he.”
…Pelosi told reporters Thursday that she was “not going to discipline a member’s staff. That’s up to the member to do.” She added that she was unaware of his tweet “until members came to me, some almost crying, some very upset and angry about the language” used to describe members of the centrist Blue Dogs and New Democrats, prompting her to speak out at Wednesday’s caucus meeting.
…Leaving a private member meeting Thursday morning, Rep. Gregory Meeks, D-N.Y., said members were buzzing about Mr. Chakrabarti’s tweet and Ms. Ocasio-Cortez’s remark.
“Clearly the speaker has been inclusive of women of color,” he said. “When you have a caucus like we have, that has been as diverse as ours, the speaker has been very inclusive.”
The tweet was “insulting” and “a big issue,” Mr. Meeks added. “To try to compare this to what African Americans went through? . . . I think the African American community deserves an apology for that.” [emphasis: mine]
…Ms. Sewell said Thursday that the tweet was “offensive” and issued a statement noting that she was subject to bigotry while growing up.
“So, to even insinuate that I, or any other member of the New Dems, would promote policies that are racist and hateful or ones that would negatively impact communities of color is deeply offensive and couldn’t be further from the truth,” she said in the statement.
…At a Wednesday meeting in Ms. Pelosi’s office, Rep. Derek Kilmer, D-Wash., chairman of the New Democrat Coalition, told Ms. Pelosi in stark terms that moderates were irate about Mr. Chakrabarti’s tweet – specifically citing Rep. Terri Sewell, D-Ala., one of several moderate black members representing Southern districts.
Ms. Sewell has tried multiple times to discuss the matter with Ms. Ocasio-Cortez, Mr. Kilmer said in the meeting, but has not gotten her calls returned.
…Asked whether she thinks Ms. Pelosi harbors racial animus, [AOC] said: “No, no, absolutely not, absolutely not.”
According to AOC Pelosi harbors no racial animus, and is in no way responsible or even remotely connected to the media environment the ladies of the “squad” operate in, let alone the death threats they receive but still it was appropriate to accuse her of racism?
How is the situation these four ladies find themselves in remotely Pelosi’s fault?
How is it acceptable for one’s Chief of Staff to retain their position after attacking fellow Democrats so viciously and outrageously?
Why is it fair game for AOC to complain about the Speaker not reaching out to her (as if it is Pelosi’s job and not her own to resolve issues that she herself was having) over the last few months but then not have the decency to return her fellow Reps calls about the completely inappropriate race baiting feces her Chief of Staff spewed?
Why does AOC think its OK for her and her compatriots to slam other Democrats but its not OK for anyone to criticize them right back?
Is she really that naive and full of herself? Or is she simply OK with burning bridges to her allies, the ones who could help pass and enact the agenda she touts, and torching any chance of achieving any of her own stated goals because she didn’t get her way.? Either way it is a classic example of a type of progressive who, with their petulant protest votes and their refusing to compromise and work with people who see things differently than they do, obstruct progress instead enacting it.
Choosing to torch the ground and go nowhere over progress is self-defeating and if AOC doesn’t understand that she fade away with nothing to show for her time in Congress except noise and snappy tweets. Snappy tweets are great. Sometimes they even work to sabotage opposing narratives but they only amplify things . They don’t change anyone’s mind and they sure as shit don’t enact legislation or achieve any tangible goals.
I like to believe AOC’s priority is not to sabotage other Democrats but it’s starting to look like she cares more about making noise than passing laws and making positive change,
Some of the crap AOC gets she obviously doesn’t deserve but this stuff? These arguments and examples of either an unwillingness or inability to work with others on her own side? This is all of her own creation. She and her sabotage-ourselves-and-blame-others-for-it squad need to either grow up or go home and stop sabotaging things for everyone else.
Not that the Peanut Gallery has strong feelings on the toxic and destructive nature of princess-progressives who obstruct progress when they don’t get every little thing they want or anything! LOLOLOLOLOL.