Pelosi Racist? AOC Seems to Think So, But Not So Fast Says Dem. Rep. William Lacy Clay; Calls Out AOC for ‘Using the Race Card’

  • Democratic Rep. William Lacy Clay admonished Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for “using the race card” regarding her remarks that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has been targeting progressive women of color.
  • There has been dissension between Pelosi and progressive Reps. like AOC, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib and Ayanna Pressley after they broke with the party and didn’t vote in favor of a bipartisan border funding bill.
  • A member of the Congressional Black Caucus, Clay said: “What a weak argument, because you can’t get your way and because you’re getting pushback you resort to using the race card? Unbelievable. That’s unbelievable to me.”
  • Clay added: “I could care less. I could really care less. I agree with the Speaker. Four people, four votes out of 240 people, who cares.”
  • Clay also said: “It tells you the level of ignorance to American history on their part as to what we are as the Democratic Caucus.”
  • Speaking about the four progressive lawmakers, Clay said: “It’s going to take a process of maturing for those freshman members. They will have to learn to be effective legislators.”
  • He also said: “It shows their lack of sensitivity to racism. To fall back on that (trope) is a weak argument. It has no place in a civil discussion.”
  • Clay also signaled the in-fighting could hurt Democrats: “It shows they have no sensibility to different members from our caucus. Some come from red districts and those are the ones who gave us the majority. We need them all.”
  • There have been accusations of racism from AOC’s camp before when her chief of staff, Saikat Chakrabarti, “previously compared moderate Democrats to racists — prompting Pelosi, at the request of some of her members, to warn House Democrats not to attack each other on Twitter.”
  • Pelosi said: “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 ok.”
  • On the accusations of targeting the lawmakers, Pelosi said: “Because they know what the facts are and what we are responding to. We respect the value of every member of our caucus. The diversity of it all is a wonderful thing. Diversity is our strength. Unity is our power.”

Reference Links

  • The Daily Caller: Black Missouri Democrat Rips Into Ocasio-Cortez For ‘Using The Race Card’ Against Pelosi READ
  • The Hill: Democratic lawmaker unloads on Ocasio-Cortez, chief of staff for ‘using the race card’ READ
  • Fox: House Dem blasts ‘juvenile’ Ocasio-Cortez, chief of staff: ‘Ignorance is beyond belief’ READ
  • New York Post: Dem lawmaker rips AOC for playing ‘race card’ in spat with Pelosi READ

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