Speaking at her weekly news conference, the California Democrat addressed her feud with a group of freshman progressive lawmakers that includes Ocasio-Cortez.
It started when Pelosi, in an interview with The New York Times published Saturday, took a shot at Ocasio-Cortez and Reps. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ayanna Pressley of Massachsetts.
Those lawmakers had taken issue last month with more moderate House Democrats’ support for an aid package to address the humanitarian crisis on America’ southern border. Pelosi herself eventually supported the $4.6 billion package.
Saikat Chakrabarti, who serves as Ocasio-Cortez’ chief of staff, was particularly angered by the compromise.
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He accused Blue Dog Democrats on Twitter of being “New Southern Democrats,” saying, “They certainly seem hell bent to do black and brown people today what the old Southern Democrats did in the 40s.”
Pelosi, for her part, wasn’t happy with the progressive outrage over the border funding compromise.