House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) will meet on Friday with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) in “an effort to stop the recent infighting between the Democratic Party’s progressive and moderate blocs in the lower chamber of Congress,” Fox News and other outlets are reporting.
The group of far-Left progressives in the House — including AOC and her Democratic “squad” of three others — have frequently blasted the moderates for, among other things, suggesting they’re not being tough enough on the Trump administration on an array of issues.
“The moderates, in turn, have accused the far Left of pushing for abrupt change that could place the party’s current House majority at risk,” noted Fox News in a piece about the development.
Pelosi told USA Today ahead of the meeting that she’s “looking forward” to getting together with Ocasio-Cortez to discuss their differences.
But AOC, for her part, put it this way: “It’s nothing too climactic. Just trying to make sure we have an open line of communication and get on the same page.”
Here’s Pelosi during her morning press conference today on this topic:
Pelosi said earlier today regarding her meeting with Ocasio-Cortez: “I don’t think we have that many differences”
Reporter: “What are your differences though with congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez?”
Pelosi: “Well I'm not going into that, I just said what I'm going to say on that…” pic.twitter.com/mvZfl79ZG3
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) July 26, 2019
The speaker recently shut down an effort by Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) to draft articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump following the Wednesday testimony by former special counsel Robert Mueller, according to reports.
But the pair appear to have watched two completely different events.
Nadler, in a closed-door meeting, was seemingly excited about the prospect of pursuing impeachment, despite the fact that Mueller’s testimony was widely panned as an undeniable disaster for Democrats.
The “squad” of four freshman lawmakers, all elected in the 2018 fall midterms, have frequently aimed their barbs at the president — and have often mentioned their desire for impeachment.
Some pundits and other political watchers have called this group the effective leaders of the Democratic Party at this point.
The nail in the coffin of the “new” Democratic Party. The party against law enforcement, personal responsibility, and America, as a whole. Good luck in 2020! You’ll need it. https://t.co/j0ZvoNw14M
— Tomi Lahren (@TomiLahren) July 23, 2019
— The Hill (@thehill) July 25, 2019
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This article has been updated.