'Washington Post' Congressional reporter Rachael Bade talks about Nancy Pelosi's feud with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and her "squad."
JONATHAN KARL, 'THIS WEEK' GUEST HOST: All right. All right. I -- I -- I want to move to -- to the -- one of the other major stories this week, which is Nancy Pelosi versus the base. Or, you know, the -- the -- the progressives, the squad. You actually had this amazing situation, I believe, with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a freshman member of Congress, from Queens and the Bronx actually suggest that Nancy Pelosi -- well, let me read her quote and you can tell me what it suggests. Here it goes.
“It got to the point where it was just outright disrespectful, the explicit singling out of newly elected women of color.”
She’s directly talking about what Pelosi said about the squad. So you’ve been reporting on this. You --
RACHAEL BADE, WASHINGTON POST: Yes. Yeah, it's like high school. It's like Mean Girls. I mean, the -- the Democratic party on the Hill right now is a total mess in terms of infighting. I mean, this all started a weekend ago when Pelosi made this sort of snide comment about AOC and these three other liberal freshman, saying they have no power in the House. And that's not -- it was not the first time she's done that. She's done that multiple times in recent weeks. I sought out AOC on the Hill and I was like, what is up with this, I mean, what is your relationship like with Pelosi? Turns out they don’t have one, they haven't spoken since February.
And she took that shot at Pelosi, saying she's undermining women of color. But then, the CBC, the Congressional Black Caucus was furious that she would even suggest that, because they’re close to Pelosi and they say back off. And yesterday we saw another member of the squad, who is a black lawmaker, first female black lawmaker from her district, Ayanna Pressley. She said -- we don’t need any more black faces that don’t want to be black voices -- at a rally, a progressive rally.
So it is -- it is incredibly ugly and it shows both the generational and political divide in the party but I also think -- last point here -- is that it shows that the squad and these new progressives, they don't know how Washington works. This is not going to help them in terms of, you know of accusing Speaker Pelosi of having some sort of racial basis. This is not going to help them try to cajole her to their side and try to move policy left. It’s just going to backfire and it is backfiring...
And the reason she's doing it is because she's worried and her majority. These women, AOC, the squad, they have become, you know, top targets for Republicans who are saying, oh, all these moderate Democrats from Trump districts, you're just like AOC. And so Pelosi has been knocking them a little bit because she doesn't want them to be seen -- or Democrats from moderate districts to be tied to AOC. But these women are getting frustrated and they don’t know what to do about it.