Democratic socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was only elected a week ago, but she’s already causing a stir in Washington. Her first big appearance was at a climate change protest — at the office of Rep. Nancy Pelosi, who the representative-elect has signaled she isn’t ready to support for her bid to take back the role of House Speaker.
The nation’s youngest congresswoman has also been sounding the alarm over racism and sexism she suggests she’s already experienced on Capitol Hill.
“Dem Spouse + Member luncheon were at the same time today. I was sent to spouse event,” she wrote late Wednesday. “Last night I was stopped bc it was assumed I was an intern/staffer.”
“Next time try believing women + people of color when they talk about their experiences being a woman or person of color,” she concluded.
On Tuesday, Ocasio-Cortez triggered some of her fellow Democrats when she made a surprise appearance at a sit-in protest by a group of climate activists calling themselves the “Sunrise Movement” staged outside of the highest ranking Democrat in the House, and her potential future boss. The Daily Wire’s Emily Zanotti reports:
Ocasio-Cortez addressed the protesters, who were 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 to Pelosi’s office.
The event marked Ocasio-Cortez’s first visit to the soon-to-be Speaker’s office, and leftists were pretty miffed that she introduced herself to her Democratic colleagues not by embracing inter-party collegiality, but by openly disagreeing with her party’s long-time leadership.
The newly elected representative slammed her critics online Thursday.
“When I respectfully join young people in an action promoting climate action while encouraging leadership decisions, it’s ‘divisive,'” she wrote. “Yet when *other* Dems hold the Speaker vote hostage unless conservative concessions are made, it’s business as usual.”
In the post, she links to a report by The Hill about a bid to rob Pelosi of her throne. Here’s how the piece begins:
Democrats in the Problem Solvers Caucus are proving to be the latest hurdle to Rep. Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) rise to the Speakership.
Ten Democrats in the bipartisan, 48-member group are vowing to withhold their support for Pelosi — or any other Speaker nominee — unless the candidate commits, in writing, to certain changes in House rules designed to empower rank-and-file lawmakers and break partisan gridlock.
Pelosi, while voicing general support for the group’s ideas, has not issued a written commitment to adopting them. And the Democratic co-chairman of the group, Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-N.J.), said Tuesday that he won’t support her without such assurances.
Ocasio-Cortez has also been in the news this week for her opposition to Amazon’s big HQ2 deal, which she touted as an example of how she can unite people while holding true to her principles.