AOC, Pelosi set meeting amid heated Democratic spat

New York Post | 7/24/2019 | Staff
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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez are set to meet Friday, a spokesperson for Pelosi confirmed to The Post.

The sit down was originally expected to happen Thursday. The date change was first reported by ABC News.

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A spokesperson for Ocasio-Cortez told The Post “no comment.”

The meeting is supposed to be a next step in bringing together a sometimes-fractured Democratic caucus, with the social media savvy “Squad” splitting from Pelosi on recent votes.

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Ocasio-Cortez was also offended when Pelosi diminished the four freshman lawmakers by saying in an interview that they “didn’t have any following” outside the Twitter world.

“They’re four people and that’s how many votes they got,” Pelosi said of their pull on Capitol Hill.

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Ocasio-Cortez tweeted a response to Pelosi’s comments in early July.

“That public ‘whatever’ is called public sentiment. And wielding the power to shift it is how we actually achieve meaningful change in this country,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote.

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The heat, however, has been turned down since then.

The groundwork for the meeting was laid last Thursday, after a diverse set of Democratic leaders — that consisted of Caucus Chairman Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.), Congressional Progressive Caucus Co-Chairs Reps. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) and Mark Pocan (D-Wis.), New Democrat Coalition Chair Rep. Derek Kilmer (D-Wash) and Blue Dog Coalition Chair Rep. Stephanie Murphy (D-Fla.) — sent out a statement of solidarity that was described by one source as “collective de-escalation.”

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