House Speaker Nancy Pelosi raised eyebrows across the nation when she downplayed the significance of far-left progressives, such as New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, during her recent “60 Minutes” interview.
When asked about the group, Pelosi said she believed it was “like five people” who agree with many of Ocasio-Cortez’s controversial theories. However, according to Fox News review of voting records, “68 lawmakers voted with Ocasio-Cortez at least 95 percent of the times since January, representing over a fourth of all seats held by Democrats.”
Being the House Speaker, Pelosi fields many questions, not just about her own politics, but that of those in her party. The same was true of her interview, which aired on Sunday.
The Speaker was specifically asked about the Democrat’s progressive caucus that includes the outspoken 29-year-old Ocasio-Cortez.
“You have these wings – AOC, and her group on one side,” Stahl begins asking her.
“That’s like five people,” Pelosi interjected.
“No, it’s – the progressive group is more than five,” Stahl responds.
“Well, the progressive – I’m a progressive. Yeah,” the Speaker adds.
“By and large, whatever orientation they came to Congress with, they know that we have to hold the center. That we have to be down the mainstream,” Pelosi said.
The host then pointed out that Pelosi is constantly looking to minimize the rifts in her party, but without showing evidence of unification.
Can the Speaker of the House unify the Democratic party while getting pushback from the left and self-described democratic socialists like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez? https://t.co/f4VUYTYIdw pic.twitter.com/a9wOobPj5g
— 60 Minutes (@60Minutes) April 14, 2019
As Red Blue Divide earlier reported, this isn’t the first time that Pelosi has spoken of Ocasio-Cortez in a negative light.
Earlier this month, Pelosi also seemed to take another small swipe at Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez while discussing members of Congress with large Twitter followings.
She said that the number of followers will not impress her, but rather how good representatives are at passing legislation.
“While there are people who have a large number of Twitter followers, what’s important is that we have a large number of votes on the floor of the house,” she said on April 8.
The freshman NY congresswoman has amassed a huge Twitter following.
Ocasio-Cortez has 3.87 million Twitter followers to Pelosi’s 2.42 million.