An intra-party struggle among Democrats that originated late last month over humanitarian aid was highlighted this week when Pelosi admonished representatives against engaging in public disputes with one another, particularly on social media.
“You make me the target, but don’t make our Blue Dogs and our New Dems the target in all of this, because we have important fish to fry,” Pelosi told Democrats during a closed-door caucus meeting Wednesday, according to a person in the room. “You got a complaint? You come and talk to me about it. But do not tweet about our members and expect us to think that that is just okay.”
…”How dare they try to play the race card at this point. It shows you the weakness of their argument,” said Democrat William Lacy Clay, an African American representative from Missouri, of the small progressive freshmen group. “It’s damaging to this party and the internal workings of the Democratic Party.”
…”They just want to score points—for whatever reason—that I find it juvenile now, their tactics,” the Congressional Black Caucus member elaborated. “I find their ignorance to be beyond belief about American history and about who are really segregationists.”
…”Because you can’t get your way and because you are you getting pushback, you resort to use the race card? Unbelievable. Unbelievable to me,” he continued.
Asked whether anyone in leadership should speak with Ocasio-Cortez about her comments, Clay responded: “I could care less. I could really care less. I agree with the speaker: Four people, four votes out of 247. Who cares?”
…Representative Val Demings, an African American woman from Florida, said she’s known Pelosi since 2011. Based on her experience working with the Speaker, Demings adamantly opposed the notion of racial underpinnings within Pelosi’s scolding of her caucus.
“I have never, in all of my interactions with her, ever thought that anything she has said or done, was racially motivated, other than to look out for people of color and to make sure that people of color that we represent in our communities have the resources just like anybody else, or to make sure that the Congress that we have—which we’ve all been bragging about—is the most diverse Congress in the history of our nation,” Demings said.
The Florida Democrat continued: “I hate to see when things aren’t working the way some people would hope they [would]…. If we differ on policy, I’m never going to call you a racist or sexist, because we different on policy.”