Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Representative from New York Alexandria-Ocasio Cortez have appeared in headlines speaking back and forth about one another, but not directly to one another. 

With tensions arising within the Democratic Party, candidates may need to address these disputes heading into 2020.

Ocasio-Cortez and Pelosi have not seen eye to eye since last November when AOC participated in a sit-in by an environmentalist group, Sunrise Movement. AOC promoted that she wanted to pursue the most progressive energy agenda that the country has ever seen to the participants.

In February, right before the Green New Deal was introduced into Congress, Pelosi told Politico “it will be one of several of maybe many suggestions that we will receive.” She also added that “the green dream, or whatever they call it, nobody knows what it is, but they’re for it, right?” 

In an interview on 60 Minutes, when asked about the progressive wings within the Democrat party like AOC’s group, Nancy Pelosi shot back with “that’s like 5 people,” insinuating that those five freshmen don’t define the party as progressives. “I’m a progressive,” Pelosi said. 

Pelosi has referred to AOC and others for having such a great Twitter following, but that “Twitter followers” don’t get things done but the “votes on the floor of the house” do. 

Pelosi also said the group of women lack what she calls the “currency of the realm,” meaning the power to turn their volume of activism into a coalition of votes to sway the way they intend. 

Last month, AOC along with three others, Rashida Talib (D) Michigan, Ilhan Omar (D) Minnesota and Ayanna Pressley (D) Massachusetts opposed a border security package. In response to the opposition, AOC tweeted “I don’t believe it was a good idea from Dems to blindly trust the Trump admin when so many kids have died in their custody. It’s a huge mistake. This admin also refuses to hand over the docs to Congress on the whereabouts of families. People’s lives are getting bargained, & for what?” 

Pelosi responded, “these people have their public whatever and their Twitter world,” she said. “But they didn’t have any following. They’re four people and that’s how many votes they got.” 

Many followers of Ocasio-Cortez see Pelosi’s patronizing as a slap-back to the four women of color who represent the future. Those four rejection votes may be the first of what’s more to come. 

Kellyanne Conway also felt the need to comment on the tensions between the two women calling the feud a “‘major meow moment’ — brushing back in a huge catfight, really ridiculing them — and they voted against the Democratic aid package.” 

AOC fired back with “‘Catfight’ is the sexist term Republicans use when two adult women happen to disagree with each other,” she said. “The reason they find it so novel & exciting is bc the GOP haven’t elected enough women themselves to see that it can, in fact, be a normal occurrence in a functioning democracy.” 

With the third Democratic primary debate in September, the candidates may be asked to discuss the issues happening within their own party.

Written ByMiguel Escalante

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