A former top spokesperson for U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) has accused House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) of impacting his life “in a negative way” — and he says it’s been going on for decades.
“I’m a 40-year-old, and Pelosi’s been doing a whole lot of s*** that’s been impacting my life in a negative way for a long time,” Corbin Trent, AOC’s former communications director, said in an interview, according to Fox News.
“I don’t think she’s got a whole lot to be too proud of, though she thinks she does,” he added of Pelosi.
The comments highlight a complex and divisive relationship between the Democratic speaker of the House and members of the overtly progressive “Squad” like Ocasio-Cortez, who has become the de facto leader of the progressive wing of her party, much to Pelosi’s chagrin.
The “master of negotiations”
Indeed, in the eyes of the progressive left, Pelosi is not doing enough to push their radical policies.
In his interview, Trent said Pelosi hardly deserves the title of master negotiator.
“I’ve watched…her pat herself on the back continuously for her ‘master of negotiations’ with right-wing presidents and the Josh Gottheimers of the world,” the former communications director said, according to Fox.
Among the progressive “Squad” members to earn Pelosi’s ire, Fox notes, are Reps. Rashida Tlaib (MI) and Ilhan Omar (MN).
Trent, for his part, told his interviewers that “it’s a little disgusting” for Pelosi “to go in there and then say these freshman women of color of Congress are going in and posing for pictures,” especially when she’s the one blocking their legislative agenda.
A fight for the future
This latest shot across the bow from progressives at Pelosi is just another battle in the ongoing war for the future of the Democratic Party.
Democrats have been experiencing an identity crisis for some time now, and the growing schism has long threatened to split the party. Former President Donald Trump helped Democrats put their differences aside in an effort to take him down — but with Trump gone, how long will the peace hold?
If Democrats fail to achieve major objectives or, worse for them, lose control of Congress in 2022, there may be a full-scale breakdown of the party. It all adds up to trouble for Pelosi, whose time in power could soon be coming to an abrupt end.