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poster=”http://v.politico.com/images/1155968404/201907/3145/1155968404_6057957037001_6057948027001-vs.jpg?pubId=1155968404″ true Congress Pelosi shuts down questions on feud with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez The freshman firebrand has accused the speaker of targeting progressive women of color. By HEATHER CAYGLE and SARAH FERRIS 07/11/2019 12:28 PM EDT Updated 07/11/2019 02:01 PM EDT 2019-07-11T02:01-0400 Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Speaker Nancy Pelosi refused to address claims by…
Speaker Nancy Pelosi refused to address claims by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez that she’s singling out women of color for criticism, saying she will not discuss the simmering feud further in public.
“I said what I’m going to say in the caucus. That’s where this is appropriate,” Pelosi said at her weekly news conference Thursday, shutting down additional follow-up attempts by a reporter.
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Pelosi suggested that Ocasio-Cortez and the other freshman progressive women in her so-called “squad” may be upset that the speaker chided members — and their staff — in a private caucus meeting Wednesday.
“They took offense because I addressed, at the request of my members, an offensive tweet that came out of one of the member’s offices that referenced our Blue Dogs and our New Dems essentially as segregationists,” Pelosi said, referencing a now-deleted tweet by Ocasio-Cortez’s chief of staff.
“How they’re interpreting and carrying it to another place is up to them,” Pelosi added. “But I’m not going to be discussing it any further.”
Pelosi’s comments follow a days-long public spat with Ocasio-Cortez, which started when the speaker questioned how much influence Ocasio-Cortez and her allies, Reps. Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib and Ayanna Pressley, actually have. Ocasio-Cortez fired back, first in a series of tweets and then in an interview with the Washington Post accusing Pelosi of being “outright disrespectful” for the “explicit singling out of newly elected women of color.”
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