“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,” Ocasio-Cortez added.
Ocasio-Cortez stood by her claim Thursday that Pelosi has been unfairly zeroing in on freshman women of color.
“It’s really just pointing out the pattern, right? We’re not talking about just progressives, it’s signaling out four individuals,” Ocasio-Cortez told CNN on Capitol Hill. “And knowing the media environment that we’re operating in, knowing the amount of death threats that we get, knowing the amount of concentration detention, I think it’s just worth asking why.”
Asked if she thinks Pelosi has racial animus or is racist, Ocasio-Cortez said unequivocally, “No, no, absolutely not, absolutely not.”
Though she didn’t mention them by name, Pelosi was referring to Reps. Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts.
“All of these people have their public whatever and their Twitter world,” Pelosi told the Times. “But they didn’t have any following. They’re four people and that’s how many votes they got.”
Ocasio-Cortez hit back on Twitter, arguing “That public ‘whatever’ is called public sentiment.”
And in the caucus meeting Wednesday, Pelosi told members: “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.”
Pelosi and Ocasio-Cortez have clashed over some of the more progressive policies and stances that the New York Democrat has pushed.
The House speaker made similar comments about Ocasio-Cortez in an April interview.
“It will be one of several or maybe many suggestions that we receive,” Pelosi said, Politico reported. “The green dream or whatever they call it, nobody knows what it is, but they’re for it, right?”
This story has been updated with additional developments Thursday.