The infighting between Democrat members of Congress will definitely be continuing thanks to a new interview with Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).
Speaking to The New York Times in an interview published on Saturday, Pelosi downplayed the amount of power freshman Democrats like Rep. Alexandria Oscasio-Cortez (D-NY), Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), and Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) actually have in today’s Congress.
“All these people have their public whatever and their Twitter world,” Pelosi said of the lawmakers, who have clashed multiple times with the longtime congresswoman and current speaker of the house.
Pelosi added, “But they didn’t have any following. They’re four people and that’s how many votes they got.”
The congresswoman’s comments followed the four freshman leftists voting against a bill to fund humanitarian assistance at the border. The four lawmakers wanted more changes to a funding bill drafted in the Senate.
Each of the four made clear that they were against the funding. They even signed their names to an official statement claiming that American border personnel are “killing” migrants.
“These radicalized, criminal agencies are destroying families and killing innocent children,” the statement read.
With more extreme leftists like AOC and Tlaib taking office, infighting in the Democrat Party has been kicked into high gear with some suggesting that Pelosi is not far enough left to lead the party anymore.
“If the left doesn’t think I’m left enough, so be it,” Pelosi told The Times.
She continued, “As I say to these people, come to my basement. I have these signs about single-payer from 30 years ago. I understand what they’re saying. But we have a responsibility to get something done, which is different from advocacy. We have to have a solution, not just a Twitter fight.”
Pelosi previously mocked AOC specifically for seeming to value Twitter support over practical support within Congress.
“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.
Another issue beyond immigration that has divided Pelosi and some more extreme leftist lawmakers is whether or not President Donald Trump should be impeached. Lawmakers like AOC have made it clear that they want to see Trump impeached, but Pelosi seems to be more hesitant about the idea, but she has said she would like to see the president charged with obstruction of justice.
Asked whether she had said before that she wanted to see Trump in prison, Pelosi said, “I didn’t exactly say that. You can’t impeach everybody. People wanted Reagan impeached but that didn’t happen. O.K., they impeached Clinton for something so ridiculous — getting impeached for doing a dumb thing as a guy. Then they wanted to impeach Obama.”
The division in the Democrat Party will become much clearer once the 2020 Dem field thins out. If older Dems like Pelosi and younger Dems like AOC are not on the same page about whom to endorse for their party’s nomination then it will mean all-out war within a political party that right now seems to be just barely avoiding a civil war every single day.
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