Nancy Pelsoi and AOC Spar Over the Border Spending Bill🥊

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Pelosi dismisses Democratic progressives

In an interview published by the New York Times, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) dismissed Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez (D-NY) and her fellow progressives as just “four people” in the fight against border funding. (Against the progressives' urges, Pelosi agreed to pass a bill last Thursday for a $4.6 billion aid package, but without stringent protections for migrant children.)  Pelosi said that while they "have their public whatever and their Twitter world,” their massive social media following doesn't garner them any more support where it counts: votes in the House. 

Progressives respond

Alexiandia Ocasio-Cortez tweeted that “it's a huge mistake” for Democrats to “blindly trust the Trump admin” by passing this bill. She also defended the progressives’ use of social media to get out their message.


LEANING RIGHT:

Fox News: AOC fires back after Pelosi blasts far-left Dems’ ‘Twitter world

Daily Mail:  Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez fires back at Nancy Pelosi after the speaker blasted freshman members of Congress for voting against the $4.6 billion border spending bill

Conservative media focus more on statements by the progressives to play up their divisiveness. They remind readers that AOC sees older Democrats as “too eager to compromise with Republicans,” whom they say she sees as “clowns.” The articles also suggest that Republicans and other critics of AOC see her as hypocritical for opposing the border funding bill, since it would provide funding to fix the problems that she and others complained about in their recent visit to the border.

LEANING LEFT:

CNN: AOC hits back at Pelosi for knocking far-left lawmakers who voted against border bill

The Guardian: House approval of border bill triggers Democratic progressive-moderate split

Liberal media articles examine the disagreement from the context of the fight over the border funding bill. They remind readers that Pelosi was under “mounting pressure” to get the Senate bill passed in order to send emergency funding to the order, while the progressives wanted to include “stronger protections for migrant children” into the final language. They downplay the back and forth between AOC and Pelosi about social media as differing views on the power of social media.


Where's the common ground?

Both sides see this incident as the first major clash between different factions of the Democratic party. They believe that Democrats will experience more growing pains as the current term goes on.

Were those fireworks or explosions?

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