In one corner, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi; the establishment queen and “old guard” democrat who has found her grip on the party to be slipping in recent years.
Opposite Pelosi is Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez; freshman Congresswoman and social media firebrand who appears hellbent on injecting radical, progressive ideas into the democratic base one tweet at a time.
The two have been locked in a medium-intensity boxing match for months now, lobbing weak, creampuff jabs at each other across social media and in the infotainment industry’s avenues of angst.
The latest left hook in this round of blows comes to us from AOC’s corner, after the young liberal has accused Nancy Pelosi of attempting to silence her.
Today in an interview with WNYC’s “New Yorker Hour,” AOC accused Pelosi of intentionally saddling her with work to keep her out of the spotlight.
“I was assigned to some of the busiest committees and four subcommittees,” AOC said. “So my hands are full. And sometimes I wonder if they’re trying to keep me busy.”
The New York lawmaker had been describing why she declined Pelosi’s offer to sit on a standing committee on climate change. AOC said she declined the Speaker’s offer after she had refused AOC’s demands for what the committee should do.
Asked about how the relationship with Pelosi is generally, AOC deadpanned: “I think sometimes people think that we have a relationship.”
The only problem here is Ocasio-Cortez’s legwork isn’t up to snuff, and she’s left herself in a wide open stance, chin exposed, for Pelosi to land a haymaker.
AOC is essentially saying that her workload in Congress is preventing her from gaining notoriety in the media – which is less a thing that a public servant would say, and more the sort of sentiment you’d expect from a princess or a celebrity.
Pelosi is surely rearing back and clenching her first as we speak.
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