House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has reportedly had a rocky relationship with the far-left members of her party who make up the so-called “Squad” on Capitol Hill since they rose to prominence within her caucus.
As a soon-to-be-released Pelosi biography reveals, the 81-year-old Democratic Party leader left little to the imagination when expressing her true feelings about the Squad’s role in Congress.
“Not a one-person show”
According to Breitbart, Pelosi spoke extensively to USA Today Washington bureau chief Susan Page for the forthcoming book, Madame Speaker: Nancy Pelosi and the Lessons of Power.
Pelosi was especially open in expressing her thoughts about U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY).
The California congresswoman relayed some sage advice for the outspoken progressive, asserting: “You are not a one-person show. This is the Congress of the United States.”
The two elected officials have exchanged some heated intraparty jabs on several occasions, with Ocasio-Cortez teaming up with other young lawmakers including Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), and Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) on various issues to push for progressive change.
In 2019, Pelosi chastised the left-wing group over a border bill, reminding the lawmakers that their popularity on social media does not have any impact on their power in the House of Representatives.
“It was just outright disrespectful”
“All these people have their public whatever and their Twitter worlds,” Pelosi said at the time. “But they didn’t have any following. They’re four people, and that’s how many votes they got.”
That rift has apparently widened in subsequent years after Ocasio-Cortez suggested that Pelosi singled them out in an act that verged on racism.
“When these comments first started, I kind of thought that she was keeping the progressive flank at more of an arm’s distance in order to protect more moderate members, which I understood,” the New York Democrat said. “But the persistent singling out … got to a point where it was just outright disrespectful.”
Ocasio-Cortez accused the speaker of “explicit singling out of newly elected women of color.”
Another bombshell tucked away in the biography involves her retirement. While she has indicated that her current term would be her last, she had reportedly planned to step down in 2016 but reconsidered that decision when former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton lost that year’s presidential race.