AOC calls out Pelosi for being “disrespectful” toward “women of color”

AOC and Pelosi

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) lashed out at Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), accusing her of repeatedly singling out newly elected women of color in the House. AOC said that the congresswoman’s criticism has become “outright disrespectful.”

Ocasio-Cortez made these charged comments in an interview with The Washington Post on Wednesday in the midst of increasing tension between Pelosi and House Democrats.

“When these comments first started, I kind of thought that she was keeping the progressive flank at more of an arm’s distance in order to protect more moderate members, which I understood,” Ocasio-Cortez told the Post.

“But the persistent singling out … it got to a point where it was just outright disrespectful … the explicit singling out of newly elected women of color,” she added.

The comments came not long after Pelosi admonished her party for openly attacking one another over policy disputes. Pelosi has regularly dismissed some of the policies written by the more liberal members of the caucus. She used a New York times interview  over the weekend to question the influence of four outspoken freshmen known as “the squad” — Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) and Ocasio-Cortez.

“All these people have their public whatever and their Twitter world,” she said to The New York Times. “But they didn’t have any following. They’re four people and that’s how many votes they got.”

Ocasio-Cortez has been outspoken on many issues since being sworn in, responded to the comment on Twitter 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.

In a closed-door caucus meeting Wednesday, Pelosi challenged Democrats to stop taking public shots at one another, according to a source in the room.

Credit: The Hill