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.