Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Quotes Nancy Pelosi After Being Accused of Insulting the House Speaker: We Don't 'Lack Respect For Her'

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) on Monday pushed back against allegations she insulted Nancy Pelosi by quoting the House Speaker's past dismissals of her.

In response to an Independent op-ed titled "Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez shouldn't insult Nancy Pelosi. She should learn from her," the 29-year-old freshman congresswoman defended herself by quoting the Speaker's words on her and other fellow progressive lawmakers in Congress

"'A glass of water could've [beat a 20-yr incumbt]' 'The Green Dream or whatever' 'Their public whatever' Those aren't quotes from me; they're from the Speaker," Ocasio-Cortez tweeted. "Having respect for ourselves doesn't mean we lack respect for her."

"It means we won't let everyday people be dismissed," she added.

“A glass of water could’ve [beat a 20-yr incumbt]”
“The Green Dream or whatever”
“Their public whatever”

Those aren’t quotes from me; they‘re from the Speaker. Having respect for ourselves doesn’t mean we lack respect for her.

It means we won’t let everyday people be dismissed.

— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) July 8, 2019

The comments were the latest in a string of public digs between Pelosi and the "squad," a collective of progressive lawmakers, consisting of Ocasio-Cortez as well as Reps. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) and Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.).

After the four voted against the House's version of a border bill, which passed on a 230-195 vote, to address the issues at the southern U.S.-Mexico border, Pelosi dismissed the group as just "four people," according to a New York Times article published on Saturday.

"All these people have their public whatever and their Twitter world," Pelosi said, referring to the freshman lawmakers. "But they didn't have any following. They're four people and that's how many votes they got."

In response, Ocasio-Cortez fired back at Pelosi by tweeting: "That public 'whatever' is called public sentiment. And wielding the power to shift it is how we actually achieve meaningful change in this country."

Pelosi also dismissed the Green New Deal, championed by Ocasio-Cortez, in a February interview with Politico. "The green dream or whatever they call it, nobody knows what it is, but they're for it right?," she said.

Ocasio-Cortez first spoke out against Pelosi's approval of a $4.6 billion Senate-passed version of the border funding bill without first trying to make changes last week.

"Under no circumstances should the House vote for a McConnell-only bill w/ no negotiation with Democrats. Hell no," the 29-year-old congresswoman tweeted about legislation which will provide $4.6 billion in funding for operations at the southern border but lacked elements many House Democrats had hoped to include. "That's an abdication of power we should refuse to accept. They will keep hurting kids if we do."

Despite the progressive's efforts, the House adopted the Senate bill on a 302-102 vote. Ninety-two Democrats voted against it.

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U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) is interviewed for TV June 27, 2019 at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC. Ocasio-Cortez on Monday quoted Nancy Pelosi after she was accused of insulting the House Speaker. Alex Wong/Getty