Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Wants to Dismantle Department of Homeland Security

U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s chief of staff Saikat Chakrabarti. Credit Screenshot

U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s chief of staff Saikat Chakrabarti. Credit Screenshot

What I said in the caucus yesterday had an overwhelming responses from my members, because they know what the facts are and what we're responding to, ' she said when asked again. Diversity is our strength.

Earlier Thursday, Pelosi stood her ground in response to Ocasio-Cortez claiming the speaker has been disrespectful to several minority lawmakers, saying she has the backing of her caucus and defending her handling of the rabble-rousing freshman "squad" the Bronx Democrat leads.

After her dressing down of social media manners in Wednesday's meeting, Pelosi said her members were upset by comments from the unelected staffer.

The tweet has emerged as a key flash point in a simmering feud between Pelosi and "the Squad" - freshman Democratic Representatives Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts, Rashida Tlaib of MI, and Ocasio-Cortez of New York - one that burst into a full boil this week after simmering for months when Pelosi told The New York Times that the four "didn't have any following, " citing their lonely votes last month against a Democratic-crafted bill to address the southern border crisis. "To try to compare this to what African-Americans went through?". I thought that that was a bit much, frankly. They want to score points for whatever reason. Chakrabarti recently tweeted support for Jessica Cisneros, who is challenging Democratic Representative Henry Cuellar of Texas. She could be with her grandkids, she could be with her family, and I don't like her, I don't agree with her politics, but she's still serving her country.

In Wednesday remarks to the Washington Post, Ocasio-Cortez implied that Pelosi's criticism toward new freshman congresswomen is racially motivated. It's Pelosi who delivered midterms. She suggested that the theory does not describe conditions in the current economy. I don't think this had to do with color, but. more BS.

Earlier that day, Pelosi told fellow Democrats in a closed-door meeting not to air their grievances with other Democrats.

"What a weak argument, because you can't get your way and because you're getting pushback you resort to using the race card?"

'They took offense because I addressed, at the request of my members, an offensive tweet that came out of one of the member's offices that referenced our Blue Dogs and our New Dems essentially as segregationists.

Asked about her ongoing spat with the NY lawmaker, Pelosi acknowledged how she recently addressed - "at the request of my members" - an "offensive tweet that came out of one of the member's offices" that compared centrist Democrats to segregationists. If you want to waste your question, you can waste your question, ' she added. Stop it! It makes me sad.

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