Over the weekend, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., again dismissed freshman like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., downplaying the amount of power they had amid a flurry of attention the media gave them.
Pelosi followed her Twitter comments, saying “But they didn’t have any following. They’re four people and that’s how many votes they got.”
Now Ilhan Omar and AOC are both firing back at their party leader.
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
Now, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) has tweeted she’s “sorry not sorry” that Pelosi is “salty” about “WHO is wielding the power to shift” public sentiment and the future of the Democratic Party.
Omar leaped into the fray Sunday in a tweet to Ocasio-Cortez, in which Omar called her colleague “sis.”
You know they’re just salty about WHO is wielding the power to shift “public sentiment” these days, sis.
Sorry not sorry. https://t.co/GYiiP1YJT1
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) July 7, 2019
Omar was responding to Ocasio Cortez’s clapback to a dig by Pelosi in a column Saturday by New York Times writer Maureen Dowd. Pelosi dismissed the women — along with freshmen Reps. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts — as a tiny squad with no real support in Congress.
“All these people have [is] their public whatever and their Twitter world,” Pelosi said.
Ocasio-Cortez tweeted in response: “That public ‘whatever’ is called public sentiment. And wielding the power to shift it is how we actually achieve meaningful change in this country.”
The latest tensions between Pelosi and the freshmen Democrats erupted Friday when a spokesman for Ocasio-Cortez was quoted in a Washington Post op-ed saying that the “greatest threat to mankind is the cowardice of the Democratic Party.”
The new source of friction was the clash over Pelosi’s decision to back the Senate border funding bill — instead of the House version — even though it lacked guarantees for humanitarian aid for detained immigrants, particularly children.
Pelosi told Dowd it was the strongest bill she could get, and indicated that the upstart Democrats needed to be realistic.