Nancy Pelosi Has A Lot Of Energy For These 4 Freshman Congresswomen & We Think We Know Why…
It all began last year after a wave of progressive women were elected to House seats, signaling a wave of new, exciting leadership.
Since that time Reps. Illan Omar (D-MN), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), dubbed “the squad,” have been profiled as outspoken, sharp and with their hand on the pulse of the people.
But each of the women have faced war over comments on racism, sexism, and Trump’s policies. And one unlikely contender has been the Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi.
In an interview published on Sunday with The New York Times Magazine, Pelosi attacked the women by reducing them to mere social media influencers. The group and Pelosi came to a head last month over the damning reports of migrant families at the southern border suffering in detention centers at the hands of the Department of Homeland Security.
“All these people have their public whatever and their Twitter world,” Pelosi told the outlet. “But they didn’t have any following. They’re four people and that’s how many votes they got.”
Things supposedly heated up during a Wednesday morning congressional breakfast where Pelosi confronted the women.
“You got a complaint? You come and talk to me about it,” Pelosi reportedly told the group, according to a source. “But do not tweet about our members and expect us to think that that is just OK.”
Ocasio-Cortez of course took issue with Pelosi’s comments and quipped back in an interview with the Washington Post and specifically named race as a factor Madame Speaker’s dismissiveness.
“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 said.
“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,” Ocasio-Cortez continued.
Many others on social media also took issue with Pelosi using her privilege as one of the most powerful leaders in government to downplay the importance of “the squad”, while others wanted the five of them to find a way forward in order to take on Trump and his administration.
But in the same breath, whenever women of color stand in their truth they are bound to face swift and severe opposition.