Pelosi on Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Feud: "Diversity Is Our Strength, Unity Is Our Power"


Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi briefly addresses her feud with Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez at her weekly press briefing on Thursday.

REPORTER: There's been a lot of debate over the way you and Representative Ocasio-Cortez are relating to each other these days. She has said that she explicitly feels--she feels that you are exclusively targeting her and others, women of color, on the issues of race. What is your response to those?

PELOSI: I said what I'm going to say in the caucus, that's where it--this is appropriate and I said what I'm going to say in the caucus. They took offense because I addressed, at the bequest of my members, an offensive tweet that came out of one of the member's office that referenced our blue dogs and our new Dems essentially as segregationists. Our members took offense at that, I addressed that. Are they interpreting and carrying it to another place is up to them, but I'm not going to be discussing it any further.

REPORTER: If I could just follow up briefly, you talk a lot about civility in the caucus, this is a message that you preached yesterday with your members. But many of your freshmen members who have taken offense to your comment.

PELOSI: I said what I'm going to say, with all due respect, maybe you didn't hear what I said, I said what I'm going to say on the subject. What I said in the caucus yesterday, got an overwhelming response from my members because they know what the facts are and what we're responding to. We respect the value of every member of our caucus. The diversity of it all is a wonderful thing. Diversity is our strength, unity is our power. And we have a big fight and we're in the arena and that's all I'm going to send the subject. If you want to waste your question, you can waste your question.

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