House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has issued a surprisingly scathing attack on the gutsy crew of progressive freshmen women in the House

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Angry House Speaker Nancy Pelosi slams young House progressives.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has issued a scathing attack on the gutsy crew of progressive freshmen women in the House of Representatives, dismissing them as a tiny squad who have a “public whatever,” but have little to no backing in Congress.

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In turn, as well as only to be expected, rookie House Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-New York CIty) shot back on Twitter later saying that the “public whatever” is public sentiment.”  Ocasio-Cortez added, “wielding the power to shift it is how we actually achieve meaningful change in this country.”

Pelosi’s harsh comments followed a quote from a spokesperson for Ocasio-Cortez in a Washington Post op ed  piece on Friday that the “greatest threat to mankind is the cowardice of the Democratic Party.” 

The young squad of Pelosi critics includes also rookie representatives Ilhan Omar (D-Minnesota), Rashida Tlaib (D-Michigan), and Ayanna Pressley (D-Massachusetts).

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Pelosi attacked the women in an interview with New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd published Saturday as she defended herself against criticism (including in the Huffpost story “What The Hell Is Nancy Pelosi Doing?”) that she’s caving into the Republicans.

Pelosi has come under particular attack for her push to pass the Senate Republican bill (instead of the House version) increasing border funds without humanitarian guarantees for detained immigrants, particularly children.

Pelosi insisted that the bill — which the squad of (but,ed.) four voted against — was the strongest one she could see actually enacted.

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“All these people have their public whatever and their Twitter world,” Pelosi said, referring to the women.  “But they didn’t have any following.  They’re four people and that’s how many votes they (‘ve, ed.) got.”

Speaker Pelosi also blamed the shortcomings of the border bill on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky.), whom she described as “authentically terrible.”

Simply put, the House bill was not going to receive necessary Senate approval as well as was unlikely to be signed by President Trump.  Politics is the art of the possible, not Tweets.

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