There’s been a battle between the progressive AOC-led wing of the Democratic Party and the slightly-more-moderate Pelosi-led wing of the party.
And now a Republican president has even chosen sides — and he chose Pelosi.
On Wednesday, socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) implied that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has been acting in a racist manner toward her and the other members of her squad — Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), and Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.).
After Pelosi implied more than once that the young progressives are stealing too much attention for themselves, Ocasio-Cortez told the Washington Post, “When these comments first started, I kind of thought that she was keeping the progressive flank at more of an arm’s distance in order to protect more moderate members, which I understood. But the persistent singling out … it got to a point where it was just outright disrespectful … the explicit singling out of newly elected women of color.”
“Holy smokes, folks, Nancy Pelosi’s getting a dose,” commented conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh. “She is getting some treatment, the kind of treatment we usually get.”
But President Trump is defending Pelosi’s character and sent a message to Ocasio-Cortez via the reporters that were interviewing him on Friday, CNN reported.
"I'll tell you something about Nancy Pelosi that you know better than I do, she is not a racist. OK?” the president said.
“She is not a racist. For them to call her a racist is a disgrace.”
He also chided AOC for being "very disrespectful to somebody that's been there a long time."
According to CNN, Ocasio-Cortez even offended Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris, a fellow progressive, who fired back: "That's not my experience with Nancy Pelosi. I've known her and worked with her for years. I've known her to be very respectful of women of color and very supportive of them."
Meanwhile, Ocasio-Cortez has backpedaled on her attack on Pelosi.
Faced with accusations that she played the “race card” on Pelosi simply because the House speaker doesn’t agree with her, AOC replied, “That’s stupidly untrue,” according to Fox News.
Many people found Ocasio-Cortez unconvincing.