Pelosi Not Backing Down on Criticisms of AOC, Other Progressives Who Didn’t Back Bipartisan Border Bill; Says She Has ‘No Regrets’

  • House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is standing by her criticism of four progressive lawmakers who turned their backs on the Democratic establishment by not voting in favor of a $4.6 billion bipartisan border bill.
  • Pelosi publicly criticized Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley and Rashida Tlaib for bucking the system and said their leadership style wasn’t conducive to the party and they “lacked influence in the legislative process.”
  • The progressive lawmakers “were pushing for provisions in the House bill that would have put limitations on detaining illegal immigrants and added requirements for services and treatment.”
  • In an interview over the weekend, Pelosi said: “All these people have their public whatever and their Twitter world. But they didn’t have any following. They’re four people and that’s how many votes they got.”
  • On Wednesday, Pelosi reiterated her point: “Four people voted for the bill and no other people followed.”
  • When asked if she regretted her remarks, Pelosi said: “I do not. No. I have no regrets about anything. Regrets are not what I do.”
  • After the passage of the aid bill, Ocasio-Cortez spoke out against it and responded to Pelosi’s criticisms.
  • AOC said: “It’s not even the four of us. It’s like ‘These ones.’ What the speaker said… it’s not true. It’s just wrong… as progressives, it’s okay not to vote for the legislation to make a point.”
  • AOC added: “I did not believe for a minute McConnell was going to pass the House bill. The House bill was dead on arrival.”
  • AOC’s chief of staff Saikat Chakrabarti tweeted: “All these articles want to claim what a legislative mastermind Pelosi is, but I’m seeing way more strategic smarts from freshman members like @AOC, @IlhanMN , @RashidaTlai and @AyannaPressley. Pelosi is just mad that she got outmaneuvered (again) by Republicans.”
  • The bipartisan bill since emergency funding was needed to deal with the massive number of immigrants crossing the U.S. southern border.

Reference Links

  • Fox: Pelosi says she has ‘no regrets’ about calling out four progressive freshman members: ‘Not what I do’ READ
  • New York Daily News: Pelosi reads riot act to AOC’s progressive squad: ‘Do not tweet’ about fellow Democrats READ
  • Washington Examiner: Pelosi not backing down on AOC feud: ‘I have no regrets about anything’ READ
  • Bloomberg: Why Are Liberals So Mad at Nancy Pelosi? READ

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