Trump defends Pelosi, says she's 'not a racist'

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez claims that Nancy Pelosi is deliberately inciting death threats

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez claims that Nancy Pelosi is deliberately inciting death threats

The election of progressive democrats and the retaking of the House of Representatives in the 2018 mid-terms has resulted in a growing rift within the Democratic party between veteran "moderate" leaders and the grassroots' increasingly leftward-shifting campaign.

The congresswoman mentioned in the tweet above was Kansas' Sharice Davids. Members or staff who feel inclined to publicly criticize a Democratic colleague should "think twice, " she said, before adding: "Actually, don't do that: Think once".

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Days later, the House Democrats' official account resurfaced the tweet and blasted Charkrabarti. Leaving a private member meeting Thursday morning, Representative Gregory Meeks, Democrat of NY, said members were buzzing about both Chakrabarti's tweet and Ocasio-Cortez's remark.

Pelosi did not respond to a question about whether Chakrabarti should be sanctioned for his tweet.

The Twitter post is just another jab in the ongoing tension in the House of Representatives' Democratic caucus.

Ocasio-Cortez's Chief of Staff was also attacked for comparing Democratic moderates to segregationists in a tweet, which has since been deleted. Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Rashida Tlaib of MI - appeared to reach a boiling point in recent days after the speaker criticized the the congresswomen for their decision vote against a bill to send $4.5 billion in emergency aid to the nation's southern border. "I missed the part of fiscal conservativeness or social liberalness that includes wasting $4.5 billion of taxpayer money to put kids in concentration camps".

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In response Thursday, Ocasio-Cortez clarified the remarks suggesting Pelosi was racist, telling CNN's Maju Raju: "No, no, absolutely not, absolutely not".

"All these people have their public whatever and their Twitter world, but they didn't have any following". "But they didn't have any following".

Firing back, a quartet of Republicans from border states told the same panel that Democrats weren't doing anything to ease the crisis and blamed them for posturing that one said was aimed at "Twitter followers and cynical politics".

Ocasio-Cortez accused Pelosi earlier this week of singling out "newly elected women of color" for criticism. That passed only after liberal and Hispanic Democrats voted "no", complaining that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., hadn't fought hard enough to add requirements for how detained migrants must be treated.

"Everything I tweeted 2 weeks ago was to call out the awful border funding bill that 90+ Dems opposed".

In a joint statement on Friday, a coalition of progressive advocacy groups led by Win Without War and CREDO Action said, "Congress must continue using every available tool at its disposal to ensure that Donald Trump and John Bolton's march to war is fully blocked".

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