House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) just got some bad news.
In a clear sign that the rift between the pair hasn’t fizzled out yet, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) waffled on whether she would support Pelosi for another term as House speaker, The Washington Post reported.
AOC is an important part of the younger more radical wing of the Democratic Party, and her support is important. But it looks like the cracks are beginning to show.
Young progressives have long wanted to see Speaker Pelosi replaced with someone who better aligns with their political views.
Case in point: Ocasio-Cortez was noncommittal when asked about the future of Democrat leadership.
“Well you know, that’s always subject to continuing dynamics,” AOC said, according to the Post. “But I support her. Yes. Maybe? Yes. If she wants it. She’s also already indicated that she may or may not run again.”
It seems Ocasio-Cortez is hedging her bets, and may even be waiting for a more relevant time to kick off a fight over leadership. A fight over a generational change in the Democratic Party will have to be left for after November’s election; beating President Trump is the No. 1 priority for Dems.
Signs of schism
Of course, signs of a schism in the Democratic Party have made headlines for years. Last July, Ocasio-Cortez and Pelosi were in open conflict over accusations that Pelosi was targeting Democrat women of color, as The Hill reported.
The conflict created a lot of tension and resentment within the party; Pelosi publicly complained about freshmen Democrats, airing the party’s dirty laundry to the public.
Even all the way back in 2018, Pelosi was facing an insurrection. Multiple Democrats signed a statement pledging not to vote for her as the lower chamber’s leader, as the New York Post noted.
Now, as Pelosi has endorsed Rep. Eliot Engel in the New York Democratic primary after Ocasio-Cortez endorsed his opponent, it is clear the feud is still vigorously alive.
Only time will tell if it will all affect former Vice President Joe Biden’s chances of winning the White House this November.