On Friday morning, at around 8:30 am, House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi met with freshman Representative and ‘squad’ leader Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, commonly known as AOC, at the White House.
The short, half an hour meeting has many speculating on just what was said after weeks of tension has been mounting between the two congresswomen, with many believing that AOC received a general dressing down from her party leader and was respectively put in her place.
The question is, how did that go over with the young and passionate freshman?
Pelosi says it was a “nice meeting” and that the two do “not have many differences. However, it’s hard to believe that these two, notoriously known for their argumentative and combative nature, had a perfectly pleasant conversation over tea.
Ocasio-Cortez told the press on Thursday night that the meeting was “just trying to make sure” the two still had an open line of communication. This alone implies that bridges need to be rebuilt or apologies made for one thing or another.
After all, not two weeks ago, AOC accused Pelosi of being racist. This came after the far left reaching foursome that AOC leads began causing division in the caucus.
While it is entirely natural for members of the same party to disagree on specific policies and not always vote together, it became clear that the squad was challenging the speaker and many other leathered congress members on some rather serious issues.
Ocasio-Cortez is known for loving the spotlight and any chance for self-promotion, and for months the media has given her and cohorts all the coverage they could want. However, it has begun to cause harm to the party and make several members look bad.
Pelosi, as a result, started to ignore group and their progressive legislations. Most recently the House was set to vote on a measure to give funding and aid for the border crisis.
The House was presented with a $4.6 billion Senate-passed a version of the bill. But the freshman squad didn’t like it and so introduced their own version. However, Pelosi voted against their version, believing that it was too far-reaching and wouldn’t be agreed upon by many others.
The squad took this as a personal offense and AOC resorted to accusing the speaker of racism since all members of her team are not Caucasian. Pelosi responded with sarcasm and quickly dismissed their irritation with her like a mother would a whining child.
“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,” the speaker said.
And when AOC and friends began to complain on social media and “air their dirty laundry,” Pelosi tried to put them in their place, reminding them that as congress members, and progressives ones at that, they needed to have more decency than that.
She said, “So, again, you got a complaint? You come to me and talk to me about it, but do not tweet about our members and expect us to think that that is just ok.”
Needless to say, the makings of a good ole catfight or a complete reprimand are all there. It may have started out as all smiles, according to a picture the two took together at the beginning of their meeting, but it’s doubtful that it stayed that way.
According to Pelosi’s post, they were “to discuss working together to meet the needs of our districts and our country, fairness in our economy and diversity in our country.”
However, it may not have gone too well for AOC, as it was noted by Associated Press that she “avoided reporters after her meeting with Pelosi.
That in and of itself is a first for the woman who has no qualms about getting in front of the camera to promote herself and her socialist agenda.
It was also noted that Speaker Pelosi seemed to be “downplaying any differences with” AOC. She, in fact, stated, “I don’t think we have that many differences.”
But then later said, “So we have our differences. Respect that, instead of making a big issue of it. Our differences and how we express ourselves as representatives of our districts is our responsibility.”