Pelosi Smacks Down Ocasio-Cortez’s Obsession With Social Media, AOC Responds With Vengeance

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi renewed her feud with Democratic Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez when she challenged the freshman member’s recent decision to vote against the $4.5 billion funding measure aimed at alleviating the crisis at the southern border.

Pelosi argued it was not a good idea for Ocasio-Cortez to vote against the measure and contended the New York Democrat and three of their colleagues only voted against the bill as a stunt for their social media followers.

BizPac Review reports Pelosi said, “All these people have their public whatever and their Twitter world, but they didn’t have any following [within the Democratic Party]. They’re four people — and that’s how many votes they got.”

Pelosi added: “If the left doesn’t think I’m left enough, so be it…We have to have a solution, not just a Twitter fight. 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.”

As the Washington Examiner reports, Ocasio-Cortez quickly answered, criticizing Pelosi.

“That public ‘whatever’ is called public sentiment,” the New York Democrat tweeted in response to the Speaker. “And wielding the power to shift it is how we actually achieve meaningful change in this country.”

“I find it strange when members act as though social media isn’t important,” the 29-year old member continued. “They set millions of dollars on fire to run TV ads so people can see their message. I haven’t dialed for dollars *once* this year, & have more time to do my actual job. Yet we’d rather campaign like it’s 2008.”

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The Washington Examiner reports this is far from the first time the two have clashed as Ocasio-Cortez previously campaigned on voting against Pelosi to regain the speakership and have quarreled over other legislative efforts:

This is the latest flare-up between the two Democrats. In April, Pelosi dismissed Ocasio-Cortez and fellow left-wing members of the party as insignificant to the larger Democratic caucus.

“That’s like five people,” the California Democrat told Lesley Stahl. After Stahl pushed back saying the “progressive” movement in the party was larger, Pelosi said she considers herself a progressive.

“Well, the progressive — I’m a progressive. Yeah,” Pelosi said.

Ocasio-Cortez has pushed Pelosi to support liberal policies like her Green New Deal and the push for impeaching President Trump. She has also been quick to criticize the speaker over gestures of bipartisanship.

In June, Ocasio-Cortez condemned Pelosi for approving a vote on a bipartisan border funding relief bill. “Hell no,” she said. “That’s an abdication of power we should refuse to accept. They will keep hurting kids if we do.”


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