Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) on Friday defended Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) against Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s allegation that Pelosi was “singling out” Democrat women of color.
Particularly, Ocasio-Cortez informed theWashington Poston Wednesday:
” When these remarks first started, I kind of thought that she was keeping the progressive flank at more of an arm’s range in order to safeguard more moderate members, which I comprehended,” she said. ” However the consistent singling out … it got to a point where it was simply outright disrespectful. the specific singling out of recently chosen ladies of color.”
Ocasio-Cortez was mentioning the progressive ladies who describe themselves as the “team”– herself, Reps. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), Ayana Pressley (D-MA), and Ilhan Omar (D-MN).
When asked about Ocasio-Cortez’s remarks in an interview with theBreakfast Clubradio show on Friday morning, Harris did not explicitly disagree with Ocasio-Cortez, but said she had a “various experience” with Pelosi.
” Listen, that’s not my experience with Nancy Pelosi. And I’ve known her and have been working with her for many years,” she stated. “I have actually known her to be really considerate to ladies of color and very helpful of them. So I have a various experience.”
Asked why Ocasio-Cortez was so polarizing to older Democrats, Harris called Ocasio-Cortez “smart” and “vibrant.”
” Look, I think she is strong and wise as anything, she’s so clever, and strong. And the important things I truly like about her is that she needs people to question the premise. Like she doesn’t let, she’s not going to choose status quo because that’s the way it’s constantly been done, she concerns,” Harris said.
” And I think that’s healthy,” she included. “I think that when you have anyone who is as clever and as bold as her questioning the system and doing it in such an effective method, it can start to throw individuals off their video game.”
Since Ocasio-Cortez’s remarks, black legislators have actually come out to safeguard Pelosi.
According to theRoot:
Veteran African-American Democrats in the House are taking freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to job over how she’s come for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and comments AOC’s chief of personnel made comparing moderate Democratic caucuses to Southern pro-segregationist Democrats of old.
Rep. Lacy Clay (D-MO), a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, implicated Ocasio-Cortez in an interview with theHillof “using the race card” versus Pelosi.
” What a weak argument, since you can’t get your way and due to the fact that you’re getting pushback you turn to utilizing the race card? Amazing,” he said. “It reveals you how weak their argument is when they need to resort and direct racist accusations toward Speaker Pelosi … it’s really frustrating to me.”
Some black legislators are also furious at Ocasio-Cortez’s chief of personnel slamming moderate Democrats and tweeting, “Rather of ‘fiscally conservative however socially liberal,’ let’s call the New Democrats and Blue Pet Caucus the ‘New Southern Democrats.’ They certainly appear hell bent to do to black and brown people today what the old Southern Democrats did the 40 s.”
Clay called those remarks “juvenile.”
Rep. Terri Sewell (D-AL) said, according toPolitico, “I was highly upset by that– I represent the Deep South.”