Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez claims that Nancy Pelosi is deliberately inciting death threats

Jeannie Matthews
July 13, 2019

Washington (CNN)National Economic Council director Larry Kudlow gave "high marks" to an unlikely figure during an interview with Fox News on Thursday: New York Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

He said by not toughening immigration laws, House Democrats have "created the very magnet" that attracts migrants to the USA and said the chamber "cowardly sits in the corner, doing nothing" to address the problems that result.

It is disheartening to hear Rep. Pelosi being so dismissive of the point of view of women who are not only elected officials just as she is but who has also just entered the political forum.

"I'm not going to let us engage on a debate stage for who's going to be the next president of the United States - I'm not going to allow us to engage in revisionist history", she said. "But do not tweet about our members and expect us to think that that is just okay", Pelosi told Democrats on Wednesday. Her remarks came after Ocasio-Cortez's chief of staff criticized Pelosi and compared moderate Democrats to segregationist senators.

The lawsuits against Ocasio-Cortez were filed by Dov Hikind, a former NY state assemblyman, and Joseph Saladino, a social media personality who goes by the name "Joey Salads" and is running for Congress.

Last year, a court order in the case from US District Judge Dana Sabraw in San Diego forced the reunification of many immigrant families the government had separated at the border as a result of its "zero tolerance" policy.

After the four progressive freshmen opposed a House border aid bill, Pelosi downplayed their influence within the House Democratic caucus, telling The New York Times, "All these people have their public whatever and their Twitter world", but adding, "But they didn't have any following". "Just by focusing on get Trump, get Trump, get Trump, because that's what they think will unify the rest of the party". With time ticking before funding ran out - and lawmakers set to leave town for the July 4th holiday - centrists revolted, forcing Pelosi to drop liberal demands and approve a more modest Senate version of the bill.

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She spoke at length on the turmoil during a private meeting of House Democrats this week and on Thursday said she was done talking about her relations with Ocasio-Cortez and the others. Moreover, the best way to disabuse Americans of the notion that all Democrats are as extreme as Ocasio-Cortez is to treat her like any other freshman member and admonish her when she behaves outrageously. You come and talk to me about it. "But I'm not going to be discussing it any further". "And I've known her and worked with her for years". "I addressed that." She also added that she would continue to have a dialogue about this issue appropriately.

"What a weak argument, because you can't get your way and because you're getting pushback, you resort to using the race card? Unbelievable. Unbelievable to me".

"We respect the value of every member of our caucus", she said. The group is backing a handful of primary challengers to congressional Democrats, aiming for 25. "I believed them when they said they were sleeping on concrete floors for two months", Ocasio-Cortez continued, beginning to cry.

"Didn't realize this needed to be said, but: you can be someone who does not personally harbor ill will towards a race, but through your actions still enable a racist system".

Meanwhile, some House Democrats are seeking common ground between the factions.

If they want Ocasio-Cortez to completely capitulate, they could instruct their chiefs of staff not to deal with Chakrabarti, but it's not clear they want to push it that far.

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