Nancy Pelosi Mocks Ocasio-Cortez During Interview
Democratic House speaker takes swipe at New York socialist Democrat
Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi mocked her fellow Democrat Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) during a new interview published Monday.
Pelosi took a swipe at the controversial New York socialist while speaking to USA Today, without directly using the 29-year-old former bartender's name.
Speaker Pelosi seemingly blasted Ocasio-Cortez over the crushing defeat of her Green New Deal on the House vote last month, suggesting that her popularity on social media doesn't equate to support in Congress.
“While there are people who have a large number of Twitter followers, what’s important is that we have large numbers of votes on the floor of the House,” Pelosi declared, taking aim at the freshman lawmaker’s social media habits.
AOC has become the face of progressives in the House after she unseated establishment Rep. Joe Crowley, in a surprise victory in the Democratic primary last summer in a New York district.
Her social media savviness has helped her better connect with millennials, making her popular with a younger and more liberal Twitter audience.
Ocasio-Cortez's radical pushes have caused tension with Pelosi in part over her far-left proposals like the Green New Deal, which Pelosi initially dismissed as “the green dream.”
In January, Ocasio-Cortez led a social media session with Democratic lawmakers hoping to better connect with a younger demographic.
Having almost 4 million followers on Twitter makes AOC one of the most popular politicians on the platform.
CNN notes that Pelosi's shot at Ocasio-Cortez came when she was "asked about the difficulties of governing a caucus in the House that is being challenged at every turn by AOC and others like her -- liberals elected in the past few cycles who are deeply skeptical of the party establishment."
Pelosi responded: "While there are people who have a large number of Twitter followers, what's important is that we have large numbers of votes on the floor of the House."
"Now, Pelosi didn't mention AOC by name. But you'd have to be a real dummy to not understand who she was talking about. Ocasio-Cortez has 3.9 million Twitter followers, by far the most of any House member -- including Pelosi (2.4 million followers)," CNN added.
Immediately following Pelosi's response, USA Today noted: "Ocasio-Cortez has almost 4 million followers on Twitter."
Trump blasts AOC: "I don't want to speak badly about the New Green Deal because I’m afraid they will stop using it, I really do want to campaign against it. It's ridiculous...it's crazy. It will cost $100T"— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) March 28, 2019
"The New Green Deal is ridiculous...New Green Deal is going nowhere" pic.twitter.com/ygb1bGBePY
Pelosi took a shot at Ocasio-Cortez's Green New Deal earlier this year when she left Ocasio-Cortez off of the new House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis.
When asked about Ocasio-Cortez's Green New Deal in an interview with Politico, Pelosi said:
"It will be one of several or maybe many suggestions that we receive.
"The green dream, or whatever they call it, nobody knows what it is, but they're for it, right?"
An independent analysis on the Green New Deal from American Action Forum concluded:
"The Green New Deal is clearly very expensive.
"Its further expansion of the federal government’s role in some of the most basic decisions of daily life, however, would likely have a more lasting and damaging impact than its enormous price tag."
The Daily Wire reported that "the enormous price tag, which amounts to over $650,000 per U.S. household, covers a low-carbon electricity grid, net zero emissions transportation system, guaranteed jobs, universal health care, guaranteed green housing, and food security."
Last month, the AFL-CIO, America’s largest organized-labor group, also came out against Ocasio-Cortez's Green New Deal.
"We welcome the call for labor rights and dialogue with labor, but the Green New Deal resolution is far too short on specific solutions that speak to the jobs of our members and the critical sections of our economy," the AFL-CIO Energy Committee stated in a letter.
"It is not rooted in an engineering-based approach and makes promises that are not achievable or realistic."
"We will not accept proposals that could cause immediate harm to millions of our members and their families," the letter continued.
"We will not stand by and allow threats to our members’ jobs and their families’ standard of living go unanswered."