Tension Brewing For Dems? 😕

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Pelosi’s interview

In a recent interview on 60 Minutes, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) was asked about her ability to unify two distinct groups in the Democratic party: the progressives and the moderates. Pelosi, in response, stated that regardless of individual leanings, all members know they need to “hold the center.”

AOC enters the frame

During the interview, the socialist leanings of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) and her contingent were brought up as evidence against Pelosi’s united front. Pelosi dismissed this stating, “that’s, like, five people,” in reference to Ocasio-Cortez’s far-left group.


LEANING RIGHT:

Town Hall: Pelosi May Have Just Dished Out the Biggest Diss Yet for AOC

Fox News: Pelosi appears to take new jab at Ocasio-Cortez, says ‘a glass of water’ with a ‘D’ could win their districts

The right often sees Pelosi’s remarks as an attempt to downplay the influence of the more left-leaning Democrats. Many sources also reference a remark the House Speaker made about AOC’s district being easy to win. Articles often use these remarks to minimize AOC’s power in the party while maintaining that Democrats don’t have much going for them in the upcoming 2020 election.

LEANING LEFT:

The Root: Come on Nancy Pelosi, Not Like This: Speaker of the House the Latest to Try and Come for Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Common Dreams: Pelosi: AOC Wing of Party Is 'Like Five People,' Dems Need to 'Hold the Center'

The left is widely unsupportive of House Speaker Pelosi’s remarks towards AOC and other members of Congress in her “wing” of the party. They often suggest that Pelosi is jealous of the traction and influence AOC has acquired, maintaining that Pelosi is stuck in old ways.


Where's the common ground?

Left-leaning sources are largely in support of AOC’s up-and-coming political ideals while the right uses her to show the fractures present in the Democratic party. Both sides can agree that Democrats’ lack of a united front is a problem.

Nancy to her haters

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