It wasn’t often talked about but everyone knew that while things were being portrayed as rainbows and unicorns with everyone within the Democrat party, it was clearly obvious that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez weren’t friends.
In fact, the disrespect between the two went deep enough that now details are emerging about the relationship between the two, including the fact that Pelosi attempted to sabotage AOC’s Green New Deal legislation out of fear that the junior congresswoman was becoming too powerful too quickly.
According to Fox News, Edward-Isaac Dovere’s new book “Battle for the Soul: Inside the Democrats’ Campaign to Defeat Trump, a story is told in which Pelosi attempted to undermine AOC’s first piece of legislation by delaying its rollout:
“In February 2019, Pelosi called [Massachusetts Sen.] Ed Markey the night before he was scheduled to help roll out the Green New Deal. She asked him to hold off. She wanted more substantive policy. The politics weren’t good right then. Don’t give the platform to Ocasio-Cortez, she urged, anxious about the new congresswoman’s notoriety becoming actual power,” Edward-Isaac Dovere writes in “Battle for the Soul: Inside the Democrats’ Campaigns to Defeat Trump.”
However, Markey went against Pelosi’s wishes and the rollout went as planned. The progressives unveiled Green New Deal legislation in February 2019. Pelosi made headlines for downplaying the far-reaching proposal.
Pelosi attempted to downplay the release of the Green New Deal by purposefully misnaming it dismissively.
“It will be one of several or maybe many suggestions that we receive,” Pelosi told Politico. “The green dream or whatever they call it, nobody knows what it is, but they’re for it right?”
This is one of many stories of Pelosi insulting AOC. As Axios highlighted while covering a new book on her by Susan Page, Pelosi mocked AOC with a childlike voice when talking about “The Squad.”
“Pelosi unloads on the Squad, at one point adopting a child-like voice when discussing Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and offers the Squad this blunt advice: ‘You’re not a one-person show. This is the Congress of the United States.’,” Pelosi said.
Despite all this, Pelosi wanted to give off the impression that everything was unity and togetherness with the Democrats, and the House Speaker appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone Magazine with AOC, Ilham Omar, and Jahana Hayes. The cover gave off the impression that they were a smiling, friendly team. However, the stories that continued to come out from behind the Democrat Party’s curtain detailed a relationship that clearly showed them to be enemies.
It’s likely that this relationship will only deteriorate as both women continue to strive for power within the party, but it’s more than likely a losing battle for Pelosi who is losing momentum as time goes on, not just due to her age but due to the fact that her waning power comes from her own ridiculous decision making and growing unpopularity among her colleagues.
Meanwhile, AOC continues to prove to be a sweetheart to the left, especially as it grows more radical.
Eventually, and likely sooner than later, Pelosi will be out and the unofficial head of the Democrat Party, AOC, will have more control than ever.