New book on Pelosi details fraught relationship with AOC and the Squad
April 15, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.
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It's no secret that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez of New York have had a tense relationship.
"Some people come here, as (former House Appropriations Chair) Dave Obey would have said, to pose for holy pictures," Pelosi said according to the excerpt.
According to the book, Pelosi reached this pinnacle of her frustration in 2019 after Ocasio-Cortez's then chief of staff, Saikat Chakrabarti, posted a series of tweets that alleged that his boss was better at legislating and leading than the speaker.
Omar said in an interview that Pelosi called her the day after she won the primary in 2018, and recollected the speaker calling her so frequently she said in the book that her staff started referring to Pelosi as "Auntie Nancy" every time she called.
When Pelosi was publicly calling for Omar to apologize for her anti-Semitic tweets, the book shares that the speaker was helping behind the scenes and even invited Omar to be the only freshman member to go on a trip to Ghana as the controversy unfolded.