Pelosi Throws Shade at AOC With Snide Comment About “Twitter Followers”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has never seemed like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s biggest fan, perhaps because the New York congresswoman unseated one of her closest Democratic allies when she defeated Joe Crowley in the 2018 primaries. Or perhaps it’s because Ocasio-Cortez made it her first order of business as congresswoman-elect to camp out in Pelosi’s office hallway with a bunch of drooling climate activists. Or maybe it’s just because she sees that there’s not a lot going on behind AOC’s hype-driven, red-lipstick-wearing exterior shell.
As such, Pelosi has taken a couple of opportunities to throw just a little blink-and-you-miss-it shade at the new socialist IT girl. One happened shortly after AOC came to Congress and Pelosi said she would be reviewing lots of climate change initiatives, including the “Green Dream or whatever.” Not exactly a “Welcome to Congress” speech, that.
Then this week, in an interview with USA Today, Pelosi took what appeared to be another low-key swipe at Ocasio-Cortez, telling the paper that there was more to being an effective lawmaker than rallying up the hordes on social media.
“While there are people who have a large number of Twitter followers, what’s important is that we have large numbers of votes on the floor of the House,” Pelosi said.
Pelosi said she had no problem with the so-called progressive caucus of the party, and that her relationship with them was “fine” after they realized it would take realism and compromise to actually pass legislation.
“As I say to my own district, ‘You go out and elect 218 people, just like San Francisco, then we can talk,’” she said.
Certainly, Ocasio-Cortez’s intellectually challenged followers on Twitter and Instagram will say that Pelosi’s just an old fossil, jealous of their girl’s grit and determination. Jealous of her overnight popularity. Jealous of her sixteen extra teeth. Who knows.
But the truth is that while all that may be accurate, Pelosi has a point that is being missed by the Democratic Party as a whole. And that includes most of the yahoos running for president. The fact is, Twitter doesn’t represent the electorate. And Democrats are going to run their entire party aground if they keep trying to please the hypnotized masses on social media instead of pushing forward realistic, centrist candidates who can actually win voters in the South and the Midwest.
Far be it from us to kick them off their self-destructive course, though.