Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, appeared to belittle Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s affiliation with a progressive group in Congress. Pelosi made the comments in a new interview with Lesley Stahl of “60 Minutes.”
In the sit-down with Stahl on Sunday, the 79-year-old Pelosi was asked about pushback she received from the left-wing of her own party.
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.
The Speaker may have only been referring to the Justice Democrats. They are a political action committee that supported a small slate of seven representatives that includes Ocasio-Cortez.
The Congressional Progressive Caucus, however, includes 78 members of the House of Representatives and Senator Bernie Sanders, according to its website.
Stahl continued to ask Pelosi about challenges from the progressive groups like their calls for replacing Obamacare with Medicare for all. This is an issue Pelosi has disagreed about with her more liberal wing.
While explaining her position that she does believe the Affordable Care Act is the better option, the Speaker deflects the idea that Medicare for all is socialist or that socialism is in fact favored by Democrats.
“I do reject socialism as an economic system. If people have that view, that’s their view,” she focusing on those more progressive members of her party. “That is not the view of the Democratic Party.”
She said that the number of followers will not impress her, but rather how good representatives are at passing legislation.
The freshman NY congresswoman has amassed a huge Twitter following.
Ocasio-Cortez has 3.87 million Twitter followers to Pelosi’s 2.42 million.
Credit: Daily Mail