Pelosi Takes Shot at Ocasio-Cortez 💣

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Say what?

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) appeared to subtly mock fellow party member Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) over her use of Twitter for public support. Without mentioning any names, Pelosi was quoted as saying, “While there are people who have a large number of Twitter followers, what's important is that we have large numbers of votes on the floor of the House.”

Navigating the Twitterscape

Ocasio-Cortez currently has 3.88 million followers on Twitter. She has previously come under fire from Democrats for her use of the platform to call out critics, and for threatening to side with challengers against party incumbents whom she believes to be too moderate.


Town Hall: Pelosi subtly slams AOC: 'We have large numbers of votes' in the House rather than 'large number of Twitter followers'

Fox News: Pelosi appears to mock Ocasio-Cortez over reliance on Twitter for support

The right uses this instance to highlight what they characterize as Ocasio-Cortez's over-reliance on Twitter, while still failing to achieveher party goals. These articles highlight fractures in the Democratic Party by noting AOC's exclusion from the Pelosi-approved climate committee and Pelosi's dismissiveness toward AOC's Green New Deal. 


CNN: Nancy Pelosi just trolled Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Again.

Salon: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi appears to mock Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's following on Twitter

The left sees this incident as exacerbating an increasingly prominent ideological tension between established politicians and party newcomers. Ocasio-Cortez belongs to a freshman group of Representatives, including Ilhan Omar (D-MN), who are pushing the party toward progressivism and away from a moderate center. 

Where's the common ground?

Despite the right seeing the increasing division of the left as a positive, both parties advise against using Twitter as a means of public debate and response. Many politicians, including Ilhan OmarAnthony Weiner, and President Trumphave received backlash due to their behavior on the platform.

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