ANNOYED: Ocasio-Cortez Appears To Be Getting On Pelosi’s Last Nerve
While the mainstream media just can’t get enough of the new socialist hotshot in Congress, House Speaker seems to be growing weary of the wunderkind, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
Pelosi, after all, is the leader of the Democratic caucus that now control the House, so she expects to be garnering the lion’s share of the media coverage. Instead, the 29-year-old former bartender from New York is grabbing all kinds of headlines, and getting those sought-after invites to late-night talk shows.
Pelosi, 79, is a pro, so when she appeared to take aim at Ocasio-Cortez — who has nearly 4 million followers on Twitter and millions more on Instagram and Facebook — she did so without naming her.
During an interview with USA Today, Pelosi was asked about the difficulty of coordinating House Democrats while some freshmen like Ocasio-Cortez “proudly embrace socialism” and are busy shoving the party far to the left with “sweeping action on climate change and call for a government-run health care system.”
“While there are people who have a large number of Twitter followers, what’s important is that we have large numbers of votes on the floor of the House,” Pelosi said.
Ocasio-Cortez has been complaining about Democrats who occasionally vote with Republicans on issues important to their constituents and wants the party to target those consider disloyal. But Pelosi, who has been in Congress more than 30 years, told USA Today it’s not that simple.
When USA TODAY asked how more liberal members responded when she told them they needed legislation that could pass, she responded, “They’re fine.”
“As I say to my own district, ‘You go out and elect 218 people, just like San Francisco, then we can talk,’ ” she said.
It’a not the first time Pelosi has dissed the upstart from New York. Back in February, she seemed to mock Ocasio-Cortez’s “Green New Deal,” which calls for the end of automobiles and planes and even wants to address farting cows. The estimated cost for the program over 10 years is $93 trillion.
The day AOC was unveiling the GND, Pelosi “brushed off the idea of the Green New Deal as a ‘suggestion,'” Politico reported.
“It will be one of several or maybe many suggestions that we receive,” Pelosi said. “The green dream or whatever they call it, nobody knows what it is, but they’re for it right?”
And Pelosi snubbed Ocasio-Cortez, passing her over for a seat on the Ways and Means Committee, even though the incumbent AOC beat — Joe Crowley — sat on the committee. Ocasio-Cortez was also reportedly left out of the Pelosi-controlled Select Committee on the Climate Crisis.