Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez may have the liberal blogosphere behind her and she may be the darling of social media, but inside the Beltway she is quickly turning herself into persona non grata among her fellow House Democrats. After a war of words erupted between Ocasio-Cortez (and her “squad”) and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the freshman congresswoman told the Washington Post that she was sick of Pelosi picking on her, Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), Ilhan Omar (D-MN), and Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), suggesting that there might be racial animus behind the attacks.
“When these comments first started, I kind of thought that she was keeping the progressive flank at more of an arm’s distance in order to protect more moderate members, which I understood,” AOC said in an interview with the Post. “But the persistent singling out – it got to a point where it was just outright disrespectful, the explicit singling out of newly elected women of color.”
Ocasio-Cortez’s sharp shot across the bow was only compounded when her chief of staff, Saikat Chakrabarti, tweeted: “They certainly seem hell bent to do to black and brown people today what the old Southern Democrats did in the 40s.”
As you well know, there’s nothing that gets under Democrats’ skin like being reminded that they are the party of racial segregation. So it was no surprise to see that Ocasio-Cortez and Chakrabarti were immediately pounced upon by Pelosi’s loyal soldiers.
Rep. William Lacy Clay (D-MO), a prominent member of the Congressional Black Caucus, lashed out at Ocasio-Cortez for her remarks about Pelosi.
“What a weak argument,” he said. “Because you can’t get your way and because you’re getting pushback you resort to using the race card? Unbelievable. That’s unbelievable to me. I could care less. I could really care less. I agree with the Speaker. Four people, four votes out of 240 people, who cares.”
Not to defend Ocasio-Cortez by any stretch of the imagination, but how is any Democrat going to pretend that “playing the race card” isn’t one of their most tried-and-true strategies? Particularly for a Democrat who belong to the “black caucus,” this is pretty hilarious.
“It shows you how weak their argument is when they have to resort and direct racist accusations toward Speaker Pelosi,” Clay continued. “It’s very disappointing to me.”
Well, we’re sure it’s all very disappointing and beneath you, but as for the rest of us looking in from the outside, we can’t get enough of this feud. If things keep going like this, the Democratic Party is going to be in full-on meltdown mode before the primaries even take place. It may spell doom for Pelosi and/or Ocasio-Cortez, but as far as we can see, it paves a glorious path to victory for Donald Trump.
In the meantime, it’s gloriously entertaining.