House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has, again, launched another scathing attack on the organization of progressive freshmen women who have built high profiles among the chamber’s Democrats.
"All these people have their public whatever and their Twitter world, but they didn’t have any following. They’re four people and that’s how many votes they got," Pelosi tweeted.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez fired back, tweeting that the “public whatever is called public sentiment. And wielding the power to shift it is how we actually achieve meaningful change in this country.”
She added: "I find it strange when members act as though social media isn’t important. They set millions of ? on ? 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."
One of the Democrats insulted by Pelosi in her interview with the Times, Rep. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, addressed the criticisms during an appearance on ABC's This Week.
"You know people like us, people like me and Ayanna [Pressley of Massachusetts], Ilhan [Omar of Minnesota] and Alexandria, we’re reflective of our nation in many ways. But many of us didn’t run to be first of anything, but more people like us have been missing in the halls of Congress," Tlaib said.
She added: "More people like us, people of color have been missing in the chamber because most of us – and Ayanna Pressly says it more beautifully -- people that are closest to the pain need to be at the table making these decisions. Guess what, we know what it feels like to be dehumanized. We know what it feels like to be brown and black in this country. And I'll tell you right now, we're not going to stand by and sit idly by and allow brown and dark-skinned children to be ripped away from their parents to be dehumanized."