Missouri Democratic Representative William Lacy Clay described the recent treatment of House Speaker Nacy Pelosi by Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez as "incredible".
Clay delivered a sharp criticism of the New York freshman representative on Thursday, according to The Hill. Ocasio-Cortez upset Clay by letting him know that Pelosi was treating her unfairly, because Ocasio-Cortez is a woman of color.
"What a weak argument, because you can not get your way and because you get a rebound, you resort to the" incredible "race card – it's amazing to me," Clay said. "I'm crazy, I'm crazy, I agree with the speaker, four people, four voices out of 240 people, whatever."
Clay also targeted Saikat Chakrabarti, who holds the post of Ocasio-Cortez chief of staff, and Justice Democrats, a progressive group that supported Ocio-Cortez's candidacy for Congress. Justice Democrats is trying to eliminate Clay by supporting one of his main opponents.
"They miss the fact that we have a very small margin of majority and that, apparently, it does not matter to Justice Democrats, they just want to have skins.They want to score points for a reason anyway, "Clay said.
Chakrabarti said the centrist Democrats "certainly want to do to blacks and browns today what the old Southern Democrats did in the 1940s" in a tweet now deleted.
"I find that juvenile, their tactics, I find that their ignorance goes beyond the understanding of American history and about those who are truly segregationists," Clay said. "And then, how dare they try to play the race card at this point?" This shows you the weakness of their arguments.
Ocasio-Cortez, along with Democratic representatives Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts, banded together to form a group of declared progressives who opposed the establishment democrats and pushed the gone further. First-year lawmakers call themselves "the team".
Ocasio-Cortez criticized Pelosi Wednesday in an interview with the Washington Post. Pelosi, at a caucus meeting, warned members of the opportunity to tweet their disagreements with other members.
"When those comments started for the first time, I sort of thought she was keeping the progressive flank further from the arm to protect the more moderate members, which I understood," Ocasio-Cortez said. . "But the persistent selections … reached a point where they were simply disrespectful … the explicit selection of newly elected women of color."