Published: Fri, July 12, 2019
Finance | By Loren Pratt

Ocasio-Cortez suggests eliminating Department of Homeland Security

Ocasio-Cortez suggests eliminating Department of Homeland Security

House Democrats are calling for unity amid a week of escalating tensions and sharp words that have once again laid bare the deep divides in a caucus fractured along ideological and generational lines.

Congressional flamethrower and avowed socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., on Thursday abruptly backed away from her insinuation that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is a racist.

The Democratic party is fighting amongst itself.

Ocasio-Cortez said Wednesday that Speaker Pelosi was not only "outright disrespectful" to the new lawmakers, but suggested the criticism was racist. "I've said what I'm going to say in the caucus", the speaker responded at her weekly news conference on Thursday when asked about the remark.

A short time later, Pelosi marched her caucus members into a closed room to chide them for "tweeting about other members", the report said.

According to Democrats in the meeting, Pelosi also urged members against tweets admonishing fellow Democratic members of Congress. Just look at what AOC's Chief of Staff Saikat Chakrabarti said in a (now-deleted) tweet.

But AOC told reporters afterwards that that Pelosi's comments were incendiary and were "singing out individuals" despite knowing "the media environment that we're operating in" as well as being aware of the "amount of death threats" she receives. I think we need to undo a lot of the egregious, a lot of the egregious mistakes that the Bush administration did.


"I got to give her high marks for that", Kudlow said, arguing that Ocasio-Cortez shares his and President Donald Trump's position of "strong growth" not causing inflation and higher interest rates.

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. They're four people and that's how many votes they got". Members or staff who feel inclined to publicly criticize a Democratic colleague should "think twice, " she said, before adding: "Actually, don't do that: Think once".

The fight between Ocasio-Cortez and Pelosi has been building for months as Pelosi has repeatedly dismissed Ocasio-Cortez and many of her extreme ideas.

"I think sometimes people think that we have this, like, we have a relationship", she said during the interview.

"I was assigned to two of some of the busiest committees and four subcommittees", she said. I think we need to have a national conversation.

But Ocasio-Cortez said many economists are concerned that the formula "is no longer describing what is happening in today's economy" - and Powell largely agreed.

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