The feud between freshman firebrand Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and the leader of her party in the House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) continues on, with the self-described democratic socialist addressing the speaker’s recent comments about her and her fellow freshmen.
In a tweet published Monday afternoon, Ocasio-Cortez continued her feud with Pelosi, blasting the House Speaker for her previous comments where she shrugged off the Green New Deal as well as her recent comments regarding Ocasio-Cortez and fellow freshmen Reps. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.), Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), and Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) in an interview with the New York Times on Saturday.
She tweeted that she and her colleagues’ self-respect meant that they “won’t let everyday people be dismissed.”
“A glass of water could’ve [beat a 20-yr incumbt]”
“The Green Dream or whatever”
“Their public whatever”
Those aren’t quotes from me; they‘re from the Speaker. Having respect for ourselves doesn’t mean we lack respect for her.
It means we won’t let everyday people be dismissed. https://t.co/VMRkcd8xlL
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) July 8, 2019
“’A glass of water could’ve [beat a 20-yr incumbt],’ ‘The Green Dream or whatever,’ ‘Their public whatever,’” wrote Ocasio-Cortez. “Those aren’t quotes from me; they‘re from the Speaker. Having respect for ourselves doesn’t mean we lack respect for her. It means we won’t let everyday people be dismissed.”
Ocasio-Cortez misquoted Pelosi in her tweet, with the speaker actually saying that a “glass of water would win with a ‘D’ next to its name” could a solidly-Democratic district — such as the freshman Democrat’s district in New York.
Pelosi had told the Times that Ocasio-Cortez and her squad were “four people” who had their popularityTwitter world, but were only entitled to the four “votes they got” in the House.
“All these people have their public whatever and their Twitter world,” the House Speaker told the Times. “But they didn’t have any following. They’re four people and that’s how many votes they got.”
Ocasio-Cortez returned fire the same day that the article was published, saying that their “public ‘whatever’ is called public sentiment.”
That public “whatever” is called public sentiment.
And wielding the power to shift it is how we actually achieve meaningful change in this country. https://t.co/u6JtgwwRsk
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) July 7, 2019
However; this latest spat is the latest in a saga that started before Ocasio-Cortez even took her oath of office.
As IJR Red previously reported, the self-described democratic socialist took jabs against Pelosi day-zero when she joined a sit-in protest in then-Minority Leader Pelosi’s office mere days after winning her seat over former Rep. Joe Crowley (D-N.Y.).