Verbal warfare erupted this week in the House of Representatives.

In an interview with Maureen Dowd of The New York Times published Sunday, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., criticized four socialist freshman members of the House, known as “the squad.”

The members, whose political tendencies are Marxist leaning, are New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar, Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib, and Massachusetts Rep. Ayanna Pressley.

Dissention arose, as we said here Wednesday, because they voted against the Democrat-backed $4.6 billion humanitarian funding border supplement to help relieve the crisis on America’s Southern border with Mexico and to help immigrant children. They said it was throwing money at the Trump administration. Stressing the bill was a compromise, Ms. Pelosi said it was necessary to pass it before Congress recessed for the July 4th holiday.

Dismissing the quartet’s influence, Ms. Pelosi said: “All these people have their public whatever and their Twitter world … but they didn’t have any following,” she told Ms. Dowd. “They’re four people and that’s how many votes they got. They have a following in the public. I’m just talking in the Congress,” said Ms. Pelosi.

Monday, Ms. Pelosi said her criticism, “wasn’t dismissive. It was a statement of fact.” Referencing the squad’s vote against the supplement bill, Ms. Pelosi said, “Nobody followed their lead.”

Tuesday, interviewed on The New Yorker Radio House, Ms. Ocasio-Cortez accused Ms. Pelosi of racism — using women and minorities as chess pawns.

“When it comes to women of color in Congress, particularly the freshman, it’s that we both have encountered and represent communities that have been auctioned off and negotiated off for the last 20 years. And we’re over it.

“We see in these negotiations all the time … it’s like fighting for black communities or policies that help women,” she said. “They’re bargaining chips. And they’re the first chips that are reached for in any legislative negotiations.

“We don’t know how to talk about our own issues in ways that I think are convincing … we’re too often on the defense. We’re too often afraid of our own values and sticking up for them. And I feel like we run away from our convictions too much,” she said.

“The rules of Congress have changed over the years to put, I think, an insane amount of power in a handful of people … within even just the House of Representatives itself. The speaker, leadership, committee chairs … over the years the rules have changed to kind of consolidate power to a very large degree.”

Wednesday, meting with her caucus, Ms. Pelosi insisted on party unity and urged members not to tweet criticism of each other or her.

 Asked whether she had regrets about criticizing the four freshman, she replied, “I do not. No. I have no regrets about anything. Regrets are not what I do.”

And Wednesday, Ms. Ocasio-Cortez tweeted:

“A glass of water could’ve (beat a 20yr incumbt)

“The Green Dream or whatever

“Their public whatever

“Those aren’t quotes from me; they’re from the Speaker. Having respect for ourselves doesn’t mean we lack respect for her.

“It means we won’t let everyday people be dismissed.”

Doubling down on her charge of racism from Ms. Pelosi, she told The Washington Post Wednesday, “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. 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.”

Thursday, Ms. Pelosi acknowledged that because “they took offense,” she addressed “at the request of my members” an “offensive tweet that came out of one of the member’s offices that referenced our Blue Dogs and new Southern Democrats essentially as segregationists.

“I’ve said what I’m going to say … What I said in the caucus yesterday had an overwhelming response from my members. Because they know what the facts or less are and what we are responding to. We respect the value of every member of our caucus. The diversity of it all is a wonderful thing. Diversity is our strength. Unity is our power.”

However, Ms. Ocasio-Cortez’s use of the liberal race card verifies the arguments are volatile internecine warfare.

(18) comments

David Collins

The race card and all it’s forms are one of the pillars of the Democratic playbook. Somehow Pelosi is insulted when it is turned around and used on her? Looks like the chickens have come home to roost. The squad, lead by AOC , I call her snake head for reasons that become obvious when a frontal head shot is shown, has brought this singling out upon themselves. They constantly yammer on and on about this injustice and that without knowing any real facts. The latest is Toilet Water consumption, which is just not true. The four drama queens are getting just what they have been asking for. Attention. Yes, getting attention does have consequences. You D’s, keep electing more of these types of folks. Please do. Will make things oh so much easier come election time.

DeadBolt

Here is a great 7 minute vid for all to jog your memory. [ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vt_tSdybaXI ] Gee, That Sounds Familiar ! Enjoy........... [beam]

Sons of Liberty

Point to ponder...the first 23 Black US Congressmen were Republicans. The Democrats only want power and they do not care how they get it or who they hurt to get it! That is dangerous! My grandfather used to tell me when I was little there would be another Civil War and I laughed at him. I am not laughing now!

00rolf

22 of those served before 1901and the 23rd was back in 1929. Since then it has only been 8 black republican Congressmen. How about democrats? 126 black democratic Congressmen. You should ponder a bit more.

Sons of Liberty

The Republicans freed the slaves 00rolf... that is the point. The early African American Congressmen were clearly familiar with the atrocities of slavery which was held in place by Democrats. Today's democraps use scare tactics to pressure African American for votes! American History over the years has been distorted and we are seeing the results today. I am amazed how the Democrats tell us how bad of a country we are. No nation has paid nearly the price for freedom as America! This veteran is sick and tired of leftest such as AOC compare ICE detention centers to concentration camps. In the end there is the right and wrong side of history and the Democrats have clearly struggled and are still struggling with which side that is.

Livin in Paradise

SOL - You have your history correct. However, you fail to mention that Republicans were the liberal party and the Democrats, conservatives. Today's R's certainly wouldn't approve that.

00rolf

“The Republicans freed the slaves 00rolf.” Well, that is partly correct. It was plenty of democrats who fought against slavery. Trumpies just don’t know history. And electing black people to Congress is absolutely not something for trumpies. “I am amazed how the Democrats tell us how bad of a country we are.” And yet you support someone that for at least a decade has told us how bad of a country we are. Your memory is not very good. “No nation has paid nearly the price for freedom as America!” This is a blatant lie. There are not many countries that have paid less of a price for freedom as America. Iceland is one of the few. “In the end there is the right and wrong side of history…” Correct, and trumpies are not on the former.

kenwood

You were duped. You fell for it. If you read the second paragraph it tells you the editor was quoting from that commie rag, the New York Times. Fake news.

DeadBolt

Its actually the first paragraph, ie: the first sentence is simply that. And, i don't even have to read the article to know its on point with some truth, but, either way, i hope all enjoyed my link on all the democrats voting for what Trump wants. [beam]

David Collins

Just who was duped ? Who fell for what ? Did the said interview not happen ? Please share that of what you believe we do not know .

DeadBolt

So, now LIP service is confusing liberal and conservative to the point that he actually believes that a viewpoint determined your stance in the 1800's on slavery. All the while reversing the meaning as to take it out of context , because , lets all face it, the leftists love abusing language , especially when terms used over 150 years ago are applied. Yup, they hate America, and all we stand for.

Livin in Paradise

DB - Please tell me where I'm wrong. During the 60's, the South was primarily Democratic. Why did Nixon, or for that matter George Wallace, use the "southern strategy" to convert Southerner to Republicans ?? Its one word...FEAR !!!

DeadBolt

SOUTHERN STRATEGY/ BIG SWITCH MYTH DEBUNKED [ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kxhymucVdKU ]

JusticeForAll

Exactly who are the sides in this civil war that is soon upon us? And explain how we tell the good guys from the bad guys. And for good measure, is the whole nation involved or just certain renegade groups?

CARTERETISCORRUPT

The bad guys are the one's in the crosshairs. Easy. And no, the whole nation won't be involved. The cowards and the democrats will be cannon fodder. It makes no difference if you can tell or not.

(Edited by staff.)

DeadBolt

[ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9aBHVKYjRcM ] Here ya go.

DeadBolt

This is how a Civil War is started. [ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S3mdjJhhqqs ] This should be very disturbing to every America,

JusticeForAll

There is good information out there about the dangers of artificial intelligence and how technology is reshaping our world faster than our brains can understand. Disturbing is an understatement. A civil war, in the context we know it, will not happen. So many factors contribute to our shift in direction about the way our world is going. Unfortunately, it seems that shift is detrimental to our societal well being.

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