GOP Rep. Dan CrenshawDaniel CrenshawPopulation shifts set up huge House battleground Liberal think tank: GOP paid parental leave proposals are too narrow Racial politics roil Democratic Party MORE (Texas) tweeted Thursday about the ongoing spat among House Democrats, telling Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiConservatives erupt in outrage against budget deal Grassley, Wyden reach deal to lower drug prices Why do Republicans keep trying to outspend Democrats in Congress? MORE (D-Calif.) that Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezThe Memo: Trump's risky bid for attention Conservative former NFL player says Trump met with him to discuss 'black America' Louisiana police officer fired after saying on Facebook that Ocasio-Cortez 'needs a round' MORE’s (D-N.Y.) accusation that she repeatedly “singled out” women of color is the “true nature of identity politics.”

Ocasio-Cortez leveled the accusation in an interview with The Washington Post late Wednesday, saying that Pelosi’s criticism of herself and other progressive freshmen was “outright disrespectful.”

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“When these comments first started, I kind of thought that she was keeping the progressive flank at more of an arm’s distance in order to protect more moderate members, which I understood,” Ocasio-Cortez told the newspaper.

“But the persistent singling out … it got to a point where it was just outright disrespectful … the explicit singling out of newly elected women of color,” she added. 

Earlier on Wednesday, Pelosi chided Democratic lawmakers at a closed-door meeting for attacking each other during policy debates. Over the weekend, Pelosi had questioned the influence of freshman Democratic Reps. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarWarren introduces bill to cancel student loan debt for millions Trump says Omar will help him win Minnesota Trump says 'Squad' and Dems have 'Trump Derangement Syndrome' over impeachment MORE (Minn.), Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibCNN, MSNBC said 'racist' more than 4,100 times from July 14-21 Trump says 'Squad' and Dems have 'Trump Derangement Syndrome' over impeachment 2020 RNC host city Charlotte condemns Trump's 'racist and xenophobic' remarks MORE (Mich.) Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyCNN, MSNBC said 'racist' more than 4,100 times from July 14-21 Trump says 'Squad' and Dems have 'Trump Derangement Syndrome' over impeachment 2020 RNC host city Charlotte condemns Trump's 'racist and xenophobic' remarks MORE (Mass.) and Ocasio-Cortez in the House.

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

Ocasio-Cortez clarified her comments Thursday, telling CNN that she “absolutely” does not believe Pelosi is racist. Pelosi said she was done talking about the fight with the freshmen women during a Thursday press conference.