New book dishes on mouthy ‘pariah’ AOC’s clashes with Pelosi

A new book about the rise of the mouthy group of left-wing House Democrats known as “The Squad” is making news for the inside scoop on leader Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and her relationship with fellow lawmakers including Nancy Pelosi.

The former bartender who punched her ticket to superstardom after her upset of longtime Congressman Joe Crowley in her New York City district in 2018 was treated like the Lady Gaga of politics by the media, but to her fellow Democrats, she was more of a “pariah” for her diva personality.

In his book titled “The Squad: AOC and the Hope of a Political Revolution,” author Ryan Grim of the left-leaning website The Intercept writes that the arrogance of Ocasio-Cortez who “wanted to remake the system and to be thanked for doing it” grated on the nerves of Democrats and especially with the former speaker.

One example highlighted by Grim was an early meeting with Pelosi who was then the House Minority Leader who urged the young firebrand to do away with her slogan “Abolish ICE,” referring to her attacks on U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, wanting Dems to “quash it.”

According to the author, Pelosi thought that the phrase was “injected into political discourse by the Russians,” another example of the sort of conspiratorial thinking that Democrats embraced to explain away Hillary Clinton’s 2016 election loss to bombastic political newcomer Donald J. Trump.

“AOC wondered. This is how the leader of the party thinks?” Grim wrote, according to the Daily Mail.

Grim recalled how the congressional newbie joined a sit-in protest in Pelosi’s congressional office which he said highlighted the “irreconcilable contradiction” with AOC.

“While somebody like Obama wants to be seen as being all things to all people, Ocasio Cortez actually thinks she can be all things to all people while leading a political revolution,” he wrote. “She believed she could occupy the Speaker’s office and have Pelosi appreciate it.”

The author also dishes on how the incoming congresswoman’s quick positioning of herself at the forefront of the climate change crusade rankled Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) who has previously spearheaded efforts to force the green agenda down the throats of Americans and that AOC “firmly usurped” the Progressive Caucus queen which was “not something (she) would quickly forgive,” according to the Daily Mail.

Grim also writes that Ocasio-Cortez’s biggest early achievement, the Green New Deal was a “total s***show disaster” that was mocked by critics who ridiculed the blaming of flatulent cows for the alleged climate doomsday.

According to the author, AOC quickly got off on the wrong foot when in her first vote, she went against the party on a rule requiring new spending for tax cuts or entitlements to be offset by budget cuts or increases in revenue with the measure being denounced by the newcomer as “bad economics” and a “dark political maneuver.”

“The gap between AOC’s power outside the Capitol and the display of it on day one inside could hardly have been greater,” Grim wrote. “To reshape that landscape she was rapidly sacrificing her relationships with colleagues,” having already “alienated” Pelosi and Jayapal with her going rogue on the vote on her first day having “done it again with both.”

“All these people have their public whatever and their Twitter world,” Pelosi told The New York Times in 2019. “But they didn’t have any following. They’re four people, and that’s how many votes they got.”

“When Bernie Sanders, an obscure Vermont senator, launched his quixotic 2016 presidential campaign, few could have seen just how radically the Democratic Party would transform in just a few short years―or that such a transformation could be led by a Bronx bartender volunteering for Bernie in her spare time. The world as it was when that campaign began is almost unrecognizable today, and the Squad has both shaped and been shaped by the seismic social, cultural, and political changes underway,” reads the Amazon description of Grim’s book which comes out on Tuesday.

Chris Donaldson

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