Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday warned progressive members of Congress to stop tweeting insults at their moderate colleagues — as one of the apparent objects of her ire, Bronx/Queens Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, said the House speaker was giving her “busy” work to keep her occupied.
“I was assigned to some of the busiest committees and four subcommittees,” the rookie congresswoman told The New Yorker Radio Hour Tuesday. “So my hands are full. And sometimes I wonder if theyre trying to keep me busy.”
A day later, Pelosi highlighted the apparent rift between progressive and moderate Democrats, when she reportedly dished up a closed-door scolding over online trash-talking.
“So, again, you got a complaint? You come and talk to me about it,” Pelosi told Democrats, Politico reported. “But do not tweet about our members and expect us to think that that is just OK.”
The criticism by the 79-year-old, 17-term California congresswoman came during the caucus first gathering after progressives and moderates split over a $4.6 billion emergency-funding bill for the southern border last month.
“Im here to help the children when its easy and when its hard. Some of you are here to make a beautiful pâté but were making sausage most of the time,” Pelosi told the caucus.
When asked later in the Capitol if she would change her tweeting habits, Ocasio-Cortez said simply “no,” according to the Daily Mail.
Ocasio-Cortezs Tuesday interview, meanwhile, took place days after Pelosi mocked her and freshman progressive colleagues — Rep. Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib and Ayanna Pressley — for their Twitter-based influence after they voted against the emergency bill.
“All these people have their public whatever and their Twitter world,” Pelosi told The New York Times in a story published Sunday. “But they didnt have any following. Theyre four