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Pelosi Defensive Over Ocasio-Cortez Criticism of House Lacking Grooming Plan for Young Reps

Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) got defensive over criticism from Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) over the party not grooming newcomers for leadership roles.

Pelosi was interviewed by CBS’s Leslie Stahl on “60 Minutes” and was asked about Ocasio-Cortez’s complaint.

Responding curtly, Pelosi said, “I don’t know. You’ll have to ask her … because we are.”

Stahl quickly followed up saying, “That was kind of sharp, kind of dismissing her.”

Last month, Ocasio-Cortez was highly critical of the Democrat party leaders, Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, bluntly saying in an interview, “we need new leadership.”

When asked if Pelosi and Schumer “need to go,” Ocasio-Cortez replied, “I mean, I think so.”

Ocasio-Cortez made the comments during a podcast interview with The Intercept.

Politico reports:

“I do think that we need new leadership in the Democratic Party,” Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) told The Intercept in an interview published Wednesday. Spokespeople for Pelosi and Schumer did not immediately return an email seeking comment on Ocasio-Cortez’s interview.

Pelosi was criticized on social media for her emotional dismissal of Ocasio-Cortez.

Ocasio-Cortez supports socialist policies and wants a far-Left Democrat party by replacing Pelosi and Schumer with members that support the New York Representative’s view of the world.

Pelosi will continue to be challenged and criticized by Ocasio-Cortez who is leading the effort to move the party further to the Left.

Deneen Borelli

Deneen Borelli is the author of Blacklash: How Obama and the Left are Driving Americans to the Government Plantation. Deneen is a contributor with Newsmax Broadcasting. She is a former Fox News contributor and has appeared regularly on “Hannity,” “Fox & Friends,” “Your World with Neil Cavuto,” and “America’s Newsroom.” She has also appeared on Fox Business Network programs “Making Money with Charles Payne,” “The Evening Edit with Liz MacDonald,” and “Cavuto: Coast to Coast.” Previously, Deneen appeared on MSNBC, CNN, the BBC and C-SPAN. In addition to television, Deneen co-hosted radio programs on the SiriusXM Patriot channel with her husband Tom. Recently, Deneen co-hosted the Reigniting Liberty podcast with Tom. Deneen is a frequent speaker at political events, including the FreedomWorks 9.12.2009 March on D.C. which drew a crowd estimated at over 800,000 people. Deneen is also an Ambassador with, a social media platform that promotes free speech, and with the America First Policy Institute (AFPI) which advances policies that put Americans first. Deneen testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources in May 2011 and before the Ohio House Public Utilities Committee in December 2011. Previously, Deneen was a host, Outreach Director with overseeing its outreach program, a Project 21 Senior Fellow, and Manager of Media Relations with the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE). Prior to joining CORE, Deneen worked at Philip Morris USA for 20 years. During her corporate career at Philip Morris she worked in various positions, her last as Project Management Coordinator in the Information Management department where she was responsible for the department’s mandated quality processes, communications, sales information and database management. Deneen began her Philip Morris career as a secretary and advanced to positions of increasing responsibilities. Deneen worked full-time and attended classes at night for 11 years to earn her B.A. in Managerial Marketing from Pace University, New York City. Deneen served on the Board of Trustees with The Opportunity Charter School in Harlem, New York. She appeared in educational videos for children, worked as a runway fashion model, and auditioned for television commercials. Her interests include ancient history, pistol target shooting, photography, and volunteering at her church. Deneen currently resides in Connecticut with her husband Tom.

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