Pelosi aimed at members of the radical “Squad,” slamming Reps. AOC, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley, and Rashida Tlaib, during the interviews for her biography book, also chastising AOC for her stupidity.
Washington bureau chief for USA Today, Susan Page, is the author of a new book on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi “Madam Speaker: Nancy Pelosi and the Lessons of Power” due for release on April 20. Page held ten interviews with Pelosi and interviews with over 150 friends, family members, and politicians for the upcoming book.
Pelosi’s strained relationship with the Squad is nothing new, especially after AOC first entered Congress in 2018. AOC attended an anti-Pelosi rally on her first trip to Washington with a group of young activists called the “Sunrise Movement.” They staged a sit-in protest outside the Capitol Hill office of her “new boss.”
AOC joined the climate activist protesters, those holding signs asking for a “Green New Deal” from Democrats in charge, and demanding “Green Jobs for All,” shook hands, and gave high-fives to the 50 or so protesters who blocked the entrance of Pelosi’s office.
Axios reports: “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.”
In another interview with Page, Pelosi scoffs at President Obama for not being able to deliver his home state votes for Obamacare—“Why are we having a problem with Illinois?”—and bristles at Obama getting sole credit for the deals she got through Congress.
She added Obama does not deserve sole credit for getting legislation through Congress under his administration.
The Hill also picks up on the Squad’s animosity and adds more sense to the situation. Page claims in her book that this was not a PR stunt, but rather a “palpable” outpouring of rage aimed at the four freshman Democrats:
At one point in July of 2019, the feud between Pelosi and the “Squad” had become so ubiquitous that Pelosi told reporters during a press briefing that she would no longer “be discussing it any further.”
Page wrote that During her second of the 10 interviews with Pelosi, which took place just after those comments, the Speaker’s “anger at the four new progressive congresswomen was palpable.”
Pelosi and AOC have gone back and forth on several issues over the years, with the New York Democrat accusing Pelosi of focusing criticisms on female lawmakers of color while Pelosi has criticized members of the “Squad” for publicly criticizing fellow Democrats.