It looks like we’re nearly back to where all of this began. In an interview with Gayle King on CBS This Morning, The Squad defended their past comments and also warned Pelosi not to single them out in the future because they are women of color and they are getting death threats:
I know it’s The Squad, but it’s easier to watch than you might think.
To begin with, both Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar say they do not regret their comments from earlier this year, where Tlaib referred to Trump by saying “We’re going to impeach that mother****er” and Omar made her infamous comment about “The Benjamins”. Kudos to Gayle King for asking them about it.
King later turned the conversation to Pelosi and that’s where it got interesting. It started with AOC clarifying her remarks about Pelosi and “women of color” (via Mediaite):
“When you say things like the speaker of the House is being disrespectful to women of the color, is she, according to you, being disrespectful to women of color because of your color, or because she doesn’t like your policies or the tactics that you all are taking to make your point?” King asked.
“Right, and I’ll clarify. I did not say that she was disrespectful of women of color,” Ocasio-Cortez said, but added “I found some of the comments disrespectful, and that was my personal opinion. And I did feel that singling out on the basis of one vote was creating an opening.”
King then asked if they were speaking to Pelosi, and AOC pointed out that their teams were speaking. But King asked “shouldn’t it be face to face” and that’s when the interview quickly turned anti-Pelosi, if you will. Tlaib suggested that by singling them out, as women of color, Pelosi is contributing to the death threats they are getting:
“She’s the new member, not the speaker,” Tlaib said, of AOC. “She has every right to sit down with her in any moment, anytime, with any of us.”
“She is speaker of the House, she can ask for a meeting to sit down with us for clarification,” Tlaib continued, speaking of Pelosi. “The fact of the knowledge is, and I’ve done racial justice work in our country for a long time, acknowledge the fact that we are women of color, so when you do single us out, be aware of that, and what you’re doing. Especially because some of us are getting death threats. Because some of us are being singled out in many ways because of our backgrounds, because of our experiences and so forth.”
This is complete nonsense. They are hiding behind the notion that they are ‘women of color’ as if it’s some protected status, warning Pelosi not to single them out again. But they can single her out?
You know what? Pelosi will comply, because she’s already done it before. Remember how she refused to call out Ilhan Omar by name for her anti-Semitism earlier this year? Pelosi set a precedent then and now The Squad is putting her on notice that they can’t be singled out and held accountable for whatever they say or do.
What a mess the Democratic Party has become. Trump really needs to stay off the twitter and let the destruction happen.