Thursday, July 11, 2019
Speaker Pelosi admonished Democrats for personally attacking one another, warning in a meeting Wednesday that the party's fracturing was jeopardizing its majority. Without naming names, her target was clear: the four liberal freshmen known as "the Squad."
"You got a complaint? You come and talk to me about it. But do not tweet about our members and expect us to think that that is just OK," Pelosi told Democrats. But "the Squad" - Reps. Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Omar of Minnesota, Tlaib of Michigan and Pressley of Massachusetts - is convinced it is Pelosi who is being the bully.
The four are struggling with Pelosi's moves to isolate them in recent weeks, according to interviews with the lawmakers, aides and allies, and are trying to figure out how to respond, texting one another and weighing whether to confront Pelosi to ask her to stop. For now, they are forced to focus on their congressional duties, even as they defend their votes in the House that have drawn Pelosi's ire.
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