comscore Nancy Pelosi downplays differences with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez after talk | Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Top News

Nancy Pelosi downplays differences with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez after talk

  • Video by Reuters

    After being asked if she 'buried the hatchet' with Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez at their meeting, U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said today she didn't 'think there was ever any hatchet' between the two of them and described AOC as 'gracious.'

  • ASSOCIATED PRESS

    Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., attended a House Oversight Committee hearing on high prescription drugs prices shortly after her private meeting with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., on Capitol Hill in Washington, today. The high-profile freshman and the veteran Pelosi have been critical of one another recently.

  • ASSOCIATED PRESS

    Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., arrived for a closed-door meeting with freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., at the Capitol in Washington, today. Ocasio-Cortez recently criticized Pelosi, saying she felt Pelosi had been “outright disrespectful” by “singling out of newly elected women of color” for criticism.

WASHINGTON >> House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is downplaying any differences with high-profile progressive lawmaker Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, saying she had a “nice meeting” today with the social media dynamo who’s made some tart observations about the Democratic leadership team.

Pelosi told reporters that “I don’t think we have that many differences” despite some sharp words back and forth recently with “AOC,” as she’s referred to by her 4.9 million followers on Twitter.

“In our caucus we have our differences. Respect that instead of making a big issue of it,” Pelosi told reporters, displaying a little exasperation with the media’s fixation with their relationship. “We just had a meeting to clear the air.”

Corbin Trent, a spokesman for Ocasio-Cortez, said, “It was a very positive and productive meeting about progressive priorities.”

The pair had quarreled publicly over the clout of the freshmen who handed House control back to the Democrats in last year’s election. Pelosi had noted that the so-called progressive “squad” of four women of color that includes Ocasio-Cortez is only four people strong among dozens of Democrats. Ocasio-Cortez in turn accused her of “singling out” women of color.

The two met for around 30 minutes earlier today. Pelosi, second in line to the presidency, said, “I don’t think there ever was any hatchet” to bury. She compared the dynamics to a family resolving a disagreement.

Ocasio-Cortez recently criticized Pelosi, saying she felt Pelosi had been “outright disrespectful” by “the explicit singling out of newly elected women of color” for criticism. Pelosi had remarked that Ocasio-Cortez and a cohort of other progressives were just four votes in a large Democratic caucus.

Pelosi declined to respond to Ocasio-Cortez’ criticisms. She said she has meeting with her colleagues all the time and said they discussed Ocasio-Cortez’ committee work on the Oversight and Reform and Financial Services panels.

Ocasio-Cortez, 29, and Pelosi, 79, are both political dynamos from different generations and life experiences. Pelosi entered elective politics after having five children and rose through a male-dominated House of Representatives to its highest post. Ocasio-Cortez rode a wave of progressive sentiment to win a Democratic primary last year over former Rep. Joe Crowley and the weakened Queens Democratic machine.

Democrats have rallied around Ocasio-Cortez and three other progressive freshman women, including Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., a Somali immigrant and U.S. citizen, after President Donald Trump tweeted last week that the quartet should “go back” to where they came from.

Progressives like Ocasio-Cortez have sometimes sharp differences with more moderate Democrats hailing from more politically challenging congressional districts, and Pelosi has been protective of the moderates. Last month’s vote on a bipartisan bill to care for migrant refugees flocking to the U.S.-Mexico border created hard feelings between the two sides.

Ocasio-Cortez avoided reporters after her meeting with Pelosi.

Comments (58)

By participating in online discussions you acknowledge that you have agreed to the Terms of Service. An insightful discussion of ideas and viewpoints is encouraged, but comments must be civil and in good taste, with no personal attacks. If your comments are inappropriate, you may be banned from posting. Report comments if you believe they do not follow our guidelines.

Having trouble with comments? Learn more here.

Click here to see our full coverage of the coronavirus outbreak. Submit your coronavirus news tip.

Be the first to know
Get web push notifications from Star-Advertiser when the next breaking story happens — it's FREE! You just need a supported web browser.
Subscribe for this feature

Scroll Up