Republicans can save their energy when it comes to fighting Democrats and leave the battling to Pelosi and Ocasio-Cortez. It’s been a long few months for Pelosi as she tries to rein in the most liberal-leaning members of her caucus. AOC is not holding back on her disappointment of Pelosi’s leadership.
Cortez told the Washington Post “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…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.”
It looks like the battle has just turned into a war. “The explicit singling out of newly elected women of color” is a very punitive statement. Let’s take a step back and look at what is happening. The newest and perhaps most left-leaning members of the Democratic caucus are Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib and Ayanna Pressley.
It got to a point where it was just outright disrespectful – the explicit singling out of newly elected women of color…
These women came to Congress with their battle gear on, and their army of Twitter followers engaged. Pelosi didn’t indulge the women when they called out for the impeachment of President Trump, and she has made public jabs at the women and how much they engage on Twitter.
Now their feelings are hurt. They are upset that their babysitter doesn’t want them to run around without any rules and is trying to give them a bedtime. What’s their solution? To fall back on the most favored tactic of liberals: the race card. This case is interesting because it’s rare that liberals use it on one another, but hey, it’s refreshing to see.
Instead of acknowledging that perhaps it’s the actions of Ocasio-Cortez and her colleagues that is guiding Pelosi’s actions, they skip all reasoning and logic and go straight to race. The question remains: is Pelosi “singling out newly elected women of color” or is it possible that even she is sick of the overreaching and outrageous statements the women, who happen to be of color, have made?
Either way, Democrats have set the precedent that once race is brought into the discussion, there is no room for debate.