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  Posted 10 July 2019 - 11:16 PM

‘Outright Disrespectful’: Four House Women Struggle As Pelosi Isolates Them

The Washington Post
Rachael Bade, Mike DeBonis
10 July 2019

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi admonished Democrats for personally attacking one another, warning in a closed-door meeting Wednesday that the party’s fracturing was jeopardizing its majority.

Without naming names, her target was clear: the four liberal freshmen known as “the Squad.”

“You got a complaint? You come and talk to me about it. But do not tweet about our members and expect us to think that that is just okay,” Pelosi (D-Calif.) told Democrats.

But “the Squad” — Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (N.Y.), Ilhan Omar (Minn.), Rashida Tlaib (Mich.) and Ayanna Pressley (Mass.) — is convinced it is Pelosi who is being the bully.

The four are struggling with the speaker’s moves to isolate them in recent weeks, according to interviews with the lawmakers, congressional aides and allies. Pelosi has made at least half a dozen remarks dismissing the group or their far-left proposals on the environment and health care. More recently she scorned their lonely opposition to the party’s emergency border bill last month.

And she defended those comments Wednesday, saying, “I have no regrets about anything. Regrets is not what I do,” doubling down on her claim that the group has little power in the House.

“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,” Ocasio-Cortez told The Washington Post. “But the persistent singling out . . . it got to a point where it was just outright disrespectful . . . the explicit singling out of newly elected women of color.”

The four women are trying to figure out how to respond, texting one another and weighing whether to confront Pelosi to ask her to stop. But for now, they are focused on their congressional duties, even as they defend their votes in the House that have drawn Pelosi’s ire.

“Thank God my mother gave me broad shoulders and a strong back. I can handle it. I’m not worried about me,” said Pressley, who called Pelosi’s comments “demoralizing.” “I am worried about the signal that it sends to people I speak to and for, who sent me here with a mandate, and how it affects them.”

The tensions underscore the political and generational divide between the most powerful woman in American politics, who has led House Democrats for more than 16 years, and the new band of liberals clamoring for change and trying to push the party left. Pelosi has spent more than 30 years perfecting an inside game to secure wins for her party, most notably the Affordable Care Act in 2010. The four freshmen lawmakers, by contrast, have built a massive online following and leveraged their power on the outside, including in the 2020 presidential race.

Their ability to work together — or refusal to — will have major implications for Democrats as they seek to oust President Trump and retain their majority in next year’s election. Pelosi knows that fate of her majority rests with the moderate Democrats who captured Republican-held seats in last year’s midterm elections.

“A majority is a fragile thing,” she said, according to two people present for the remarks, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe the private meeting, adding that members should show “some level of respect and sensitivity” to more moderate colleagues: “You make me the target, but don’t make our [moderates] the target in all of this, because we have important fish to fry.”

The speaker’s allies say concerns about the next election is driving her moves to isolate these four women.

“Sometimes a leader’s got to take positions to keep the team [united],” said Rep. Gregory W. Meeks (D-N.Y.). “She knows what got us here and what’s going to keep us here.”

Pelosi suggested to New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd in an opinion piece published Saturday that “the Squad” had a limited following inside the House. She specifically pointed to the example of the House-passed Democratic border bill in late June, which the group opposed.

“All these people have their public whatever and their Twitter world,” Pelosi said in the New York Times interview. “But they didn’t have any following. They’re four people and that’s how many votes they got.”

Several in the caucus were uncomfortable with Pelosi’s comments. Congressional Progressive Caucus leaders are expected to talk to Pelosi about her comments, according to two officials familiar with the plan. Other women of color in the House have similarly expressed concerns.

“I can’t tell the speaker to apologize, but I was taken aback by it. Because we’re all here to work together,” said Rep. Jahana Hayes (D-Conn.), the first black woman to represent her state in Congress.

Notably, Hayes, Ocasio-Cortez and Omar appeared together with Pelosi smiling on the cover of Rolling Stone in a photo taken in January.

While some of the four enjoy more diplomatic relationships with Pelosi, Ocasio-Cortez’s relationship with the speaker has been chilly from the start. After she upset Rep. Joseph Crowley (N.Y.) in the Democratic primary, Pelosi moved to immediately downplay her victory, saying it was a one-off event.

Still, Pelosi tried to create a bridge with the New Yorker: During their first face-to-face meeting just before the midterm elections, Pelosi spent nearly two hours trying to convince the liberal that she was just like her, touting her background. It was around that time that Ocasio-Cortez agreed to not only back Pelosi as speaker but also vocally defend her against rebels trying to keep her from the gavel.

Now, half a year later, virtually all communication between the two women has ceased. The two have not spoken one-on-one since February when Ocasio-

Cortez declined Pelosi’s personal request that she join her select committee on climate change, according to individuals who know both lawmakers.

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Posted 10 July 2019 - 11:33 PM

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Ocasio-Cortez told The Washington Post. “But the persistent singling out . . . it got to a point where it was just outright disrespectful . . . the explicit singling out of newly elected women of color.”
This child representative has no idea what the word 'respect' means. Respect is earned, not just given and this thing is so disrespectful to almost everyone. Oh, and she has over used the women of color crap to death.

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Posted 11 July 2019 - 12:44 AM

I saw this headline and was going to post this very story on RN! Great minds! :thumbsup: :welldone:

"Four Women Struggle..." :rolleyes:

Sick.To.Death. of the victim game and identity politics. :redhot:
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Posted 11 July 2019 - 01:45 AM

When even a mouth-breather like Nancy Pelosi can't get along with the 4 crones, perhaps it's time to look elsewhere for the source of the problem. :shrug:
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Posted 11 July 2019 - 03:46 AM

So very typical of "people of color".
When any, and I mean ANY, negative anything is sent their way, it's solely because they are POC.
NOT ever because they are acting like idiots.
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Posted 11 July 2019 - 06:00 AM

View PostUSNJIMRET, on 11 July 2019 - 03:46 AM, said:

So very typical of "people of color".
When any, and I mean ANY, negative anything is sent their way, it's solely because they are POC.
NOT ever because they are acting like idiots.

:thumbsup: :exactly:
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Posted 11 July 2019 - 06:38 AM

Regrets is not what I do.....
Let that sink in a minute and realize just how intellectually incapable these people really are. Collectively these four women probably have an IQ somewhere near a grapefruit.

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Posted 11 July 2019 - 07:01 AM

The four horse faces... The Goon Squad...

Anyone else notice that Nutsy shakes a lot during press conferences lately? Like she is visibly angry / frustrated that she is losing her grip on power and reality? Still, Nutsy stands a better chance of reelection than P0C (Dimwit - NY).
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Posted 11 July 2019 - 07:04 AM

Retards fighting a retard...

 USNJIMRET, on 11 July 2019 - 03:46 AM, said:

So very typical of "people of color".
When any, and I mean ANY, negative anything is sent their way, it's solely because they are POC.
NOT ever because they are acting like idiots.


:exactly:

Because they are :crybaby2:
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Posted 11 July 2019 - 07:25 AM

Can't say I blame Pelosi for wanting to rein'em in, they're an embarrassment.

Personally, though, the last thing I want is a muzzle on these girls, they are without a doubt the gift that keeps on giving. Seriously? Voting *against* the Democrat backed bill to provide emergency funding for detention centers, then agonizing over its failure to pass?

That's some Master Level hypocrisy right there.
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Posted 11 July 2019 - 08:06 AM

Yeah, STFU kiddos and do as the establishment proggy clique says and do the globalist deep state's bidding in undermining and marginalizing the moral law abiding productive working class American people.
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Posted 11 July 2019 - 08:11 AM

:popcorn:
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Posted 11 July 2019 - 08:13 AM

 GrimV, on 11 July 2019 - 07:25 AM, said:

Can't say I blame Pelosi for wanting to rein'em in, they're an embarrassment.

Personally, though, the last thing I want is a muzzle on these girls, they are without a doubt the gift that keeps on giving. Seriously? Voting *against* the Democrat backed bill to provide emergency funding for detention centers, then agonizing over its failure to pass?

That's some Master Level hypocrisy right there.

That’s exactly where I am too.

I entirely disagree with Pelosi on just about everything, however if I remove that aspect and just think of strategy, Pelosi is doing about as well as anyone can with these insane marxists, who are too far left even for the California commie, amazing as that may be.

I hope Pelosi fails and the gals keep yapping away. I think that’s likely because of twitter.
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Posted 11 July 2019 - 09:05 AM

Regardless of Pelosi's intelligence level, she is in a game she knows how to play. She wouldn't have lasted this long otherwise.
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Posted 11 July 2019 - 10:55 AM

View PostUSNJIMRET, on 11 July 2019 - 03:46 AM, said:

So very typical of "people of color".
When any, and I mean ANY, negative anything is sent their way, it's solely because they are POC.
NOT ever because they are acting like idiots.

View PostHowsithangin, on 11 July 2019 - 06:00 AM, said:

:thumbsup: :exactly:

View PostRedSoloCup, on 11 July 2019 - 07:04 AM, said:

Retards fighting a retard...
:exactly:
Because they are :crybaby2:




For my buddy Jerry.
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Posted 11 July 2019 - 11:04 AM

Wow! T_G referenced it in another thread but I didn't Think he would come here and point it out.

Nancy Lugosi is picking on the quad of freshmen morons in Congress because they are morons. Since the morons, AOC chief among them, is a POC, she says she is being picked on because she is a POC and not because she is a moron. Another example of a POC pulling the race card to try to divert from a shortcoming that has nothing to do with race.

USNJIMRET points out how POC tend to do this and T_G highlights the valid point he is making.

Good job T_G. You are coming around!
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Posted 11 July 2019 - 11:18 AM

View PostHieronymous, on 11 July 2019 - 09:05 AM, said:

Regardless of Pelosi's intelligence level, she is in a game she knows how to play. She wouldn't have lasted this long otherwise.

Absolutely, she was marinated in it. As you probably know, her father, Thomas D’Alesandro Jr.was a congressman for a few terms and then served as mayor of Baltimore for a few more. He was in deep and taught Nancy the ropes.
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Posted 11 July 2019 - 11:25 AM

 JerryL, on 11 July 2019 - 11:04 AM, said:

USNJIMRET points out how POC tend to do this and T_G highlights the valid point


Careful, buddy — your tendencies are showing...

This post has been edited by That_Guy: 11 July 2019 - 11:25 AM

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Posted 11 July 2019 - 11:27 AM

Just remember AOC was a bartender.

Glass, fill with ice, pour in 1oz of rum and fill with coke.

This post has been edited by AntiObama: 11 July 2019 - 10:25 PM

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Posted 11 July 2019 - 11:34 AM

 That_Guy, on 11 July 2019 - 11:25 AM, said:

Careful, buddy — your tendencies are showing...

What tendencies? Tendencies to be accurate, perhaps?
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