File this one under pissing contests…
Could it be that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has finally grown tired of the antics of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her noisy socialist freshman posse?
Many are coming away with that impression following the Speaker Of The House’s comments during an interview on CBS’s flagship “60 Minutes” where her dismissive comments about the former bartender and her squad of Twitter divas could be an indication that AOC is about to be reigned in.
During her interview with Lesley Stahl, Pelosi was pushed on the challenges of controlling the increasingly aggressive socialist presence in her own caucus and ability to unify her troops and her response is really going to piss off Ocasio-Cortez who is now arguably the most powerful member of the party.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi mocks socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez:
Lesley Stahl: “You have these wings– AOC, and her group on one side”
Pelosi: “That’s like five people”pic.twitter.com/G2XhUD32Ey
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) April 15, 2019
Via The Washington Examiner, “Pelosi dismisses AOC, left wing of party: ‘That’s like five people'”:
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., brushed off the some of the clout of some of the more left-wing members of her party during an interview that aired Sunday evening.
Pelosi, appearing on CBS’s “60 Minutes,” was asked about her ability to unify Democrats in the House with the growth in popularity of the far-left flank of the party, including Democratic socialists like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y. and Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich.
“That’s like five people,” Pelosi said. Host Lesley Stahl pushed back on that notion, pointing out that there is a larger “progressive” movement in the party.
WOW! Now those are some serious fighting words.
Not only did Pelosi just torch Ocasio-Cortez and her minions but also rejected that socialism is the view of the Democratic party.
This potentially sets up a battle royale with every candidate vying for the 2020 nomination who are all already on record with their promises to follow AOC’s lead by imposing the dangerous ideology on America if they are elected.
— CBS News (@CBSNews) April 15, 2019
Lesley Stahl: Well, Medicare for all– it’s not only being pushed by some members of your caucus, but also some of the presidential candidates. And it is allowing the president to say you’re all socialists.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi: Do you know that when we did Med– when Medicare was done by the Congress at the time, under Lyndon Johnson, Ronald Reagan said, Medicare will lead us to a socialist dictatorship.
This is– this is an ongoing theme of the Republicans. However– I do reject socialism as an economic system. If people have that view, that’s their view. That is not the view of the Democratic Party.
A confrontation between the 29-year-old firebrand and media superstar and the old guard Pelosi has been brewing for quite some time now as the former bartender upstages her colleagues on a daily basis by going off on social media.
The final straw may have been when the PAC that is behind AOC and the mouthy newcomers launched a full frontal assault on the establishment Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) with the creation of a blacklist of incumbents to be targeted.
The Justice Democrats were created by Bernie Sanders campaign veterans with one of the founders being Cenk Uygur of The Young Turks. They are largely responsible for the rise of AOC and the freshman five but with their challenge to the existing power structure are on the verge of igniting what could be total carnage within the party.
Pelosi had previously been dismissive of Ocasio-Cortez and mocked her signature Green New Deal as the “green dream” but hadn’t humiliated the youngster on national television – until yesterday.
It’s time to start buying popcorn in bulk!