Nancy Pelosi, after a long and arduous fight with Republicans, relented on a key border issue last month, allowing a $4.6 billion emergency-disaster-aid bill to pass through the House.
Already fraught relations with more extreme House progressives only intensified after the incident, leading to a Cold War of sorts between Pelosi and others.
Most prominent among low-boiling feuds was that of Pelosi v. "The Squad", a group of seemingly radical, freshman progressive stars who consist of Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), and Ayanna Pressley (D-MA).
Well, the Cold War turned hot after Pelosi, angered by "The Squad" voting against the emergency-disaster-aid bill, questioned their real influence.
“All these people have their public whatever and their Twitter world,” Pelosi told the New York Times. “But they didn’t have any following. They’re four people and that’s how many votes they got.”
This angered AOC, who struck back on Twitter Saturday:
That public “whatever” is called public sentiment.— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) July 7, 2019
And wielding the power to shift it is how we actually achieve meaningful change in this country. https://t.co/u6JtgwwRsk
But it didn’t stop there. Ilhan Omar also joined in on the fun:
Patetico!— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) July 7, 2019
You know they’re just salty about WHO is wielding the power to shift “public sentiment” these days, sis.
Sorry not sorry. https://t.co/GYiiP1YJT1
Oh, and Rashida Tlaib:
Nah. It is deeper than that. Why would we fund a broken system that rips children away from their parents, deny asylum seekers due process & fuels a racist ideology that dehumanizes people?— Rashida Tlaib (@RashidaTlaib) July 7, 2019
Funding this ⬆️ madness = looking away.#13thDistrictStrong didn't elect me to do that. https://t.co/aoxksV7xvC
As the soul for the Democratic Party wages, Pelosi seems all-too-keen to dismiss her radical counterparts, while The Squad continues to insist that they, not the moderates, are the future.
(Cover Photo: Flickr / Gage Skidmore)