WATCH: Pelosi claps back at AOC over ‘women of color’ gripe…

This morning Nancy Pelosi held a press conference and was asked about AOC’s recent claim that Pelosi is targeting her and the other freshmen (Omar, Tlaib, and Pressley) because they are ‘women of color’:

Pelosi explained that she was responding to a tweet – the one we told you about from AOC’s chief of staff – that essentially accused the Blue Dog Democrats of being like the segregationists. Below is the text of the tweet from Saikat Chakrabarti:

They certainly seem hell bent to do black and brown people today what the old Southern Democrats did in the 40s.

Pelosi explained the tweet was offensive to her members and they wanted her to address it, so she did. She said that AOC and her squad members can interpret however they wish, but she wasn’t going to address it anymore.

The complaint from AOC came in an article from the Washington Post (via Hotair):

But “the Squad” — Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (N.Y.), Ilhan Omar (Minn.), Rashida Tlaib (Mich.) and Ayanna Pressley (Mass.) — is convinced it is Pelosi who is being the bully.

The four are struggling with the speaker’s moves to isolate them in recent weeks, according to interviews with the lawmakers, congressional aides and allies. Pelosi has made at least half a dozen remarks dismissing the group or their far-left proposals on the environment and health care. More recently she scorned their lonely opposition to the party’s emergency border bill last month.

And she defended those comments Wednesday, saying, “I have no regrets about anything. Regrets is not what I do,” doubling down on her claim that the group has little power in the House.

“When these comments first started, I kind of thought that she was keeping the progressive flank at more of an arm’s distance in order to protect more moderate members, which I understood,” Ocasio-Cortez told The Washington Post. “But the persistent singling out . . . it got to a point where it was just outright disrespectful . . . the explicit singling out of newly elected women of color.”

CNN’s Manu Raju asked AOC this morning about her comments in the Washington Post:

So Pelosi is singling out women of color, but she has no racial animus and is not a racist? Um, is anyone else confused by this?

Ed Morrissey says this is AOC’s way of trying to have her cake and eat it too. I think he’s right, because othewise this makes no sense.

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