Rep. Pramila JayapalPramila JayapalOvernight Health Care — Presented by National Taxpayers Union —Dem wants more changes to Pelosi drug pricing bill | Ebola outbreak wanes, but funding lags | Johnson & Johnson recalls batch of baby powder after asbestos traces found Overnight Health Care — Presented by National Taxpayers Union — House Dems advance drug pricing bill | Cases of vaping-related lung illnesses near 1,500 | Juul suspends sales of most e-cigarette flavors Warren faces tougher sell with 'Medicare for All' MORE (D-Wash.) said she plans to confront Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOvernight Health Care — Presented by Partnership for America's Health Care Future — Four companies reach 0M settlement in opioid lawsuit | Deal opens door to larger settlements | House panel to consider vaping tax | Drug pricing markup tomorrow Schiff punches back after GOP censure resolution fails Trump urges GOP to fight for him MORE (D-Calif.) about her ongoing clash with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezDemocratic strategist: Sanders seeking distance from Warren could 'backfire' These 3 women are defining the race to unseat Trump CBS to Ocasio-Cortez on Sanders support: 'As a woman of color, why back an old white guy?' MORE (D-N.Y.) and how the disagreement “diminishes progressive power.”

“I don’t think the Speaker is used to having a group of members who has bigger Twitter followings than her. I don’t think most of us are,” Jayapal, co-chairwoman of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, said Thursday, according to Politico.

“God, it totally resonates with me, absolutely,” Jayapal continued. “We women of color have faced this for such a long time.” 


The disagreement erupted Wednesday when Ocasio-Cortez accused Pelosi of specifically targeting freshman lawmakers who are women of color in an interview with The Washington Post. She called Pelosi’s comments “outright disrespectful.” 

“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. 

On Wednesday, Pelosi called out Democratic lawmakers at a closed-door meeting for attacking each other over policy debates and not keeping their staff in line. The comment may have been directed at Ocasio-Cortez’s chief of staff, according to Politico, who has tweeted criticism of Pelosi and moderate Democrats.

He called “the New Democrats” and the “Blue Dog Caucus” the “New Southern Democrats,” on Twitter.

“They certainly seem hell bent to do to black and brown people today what the old Southern Democrats did the 40s,” he tweeted, according to Politico.

Over the weekend, Pelosi also questioned the influence of the "Squad" in the House: Democratic Reps. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarNorth Dakota GOP state lawmaker shares debunked photo, calls Omar a 'terrorist' These 3 women are defining the race to unseat Trump Ocasio-Cortez says endorsing Sanders early is 'the most authentic decision' she could make MORE (Minn.), Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibOcasio-Cortez says endorsing Sanders early is 'the most authentic decision' she could make Ocasio-Cortez: Sanders' heart attack was a 'gut check' moment Ocasio-Cortez tweets endorsement of Sanders MORE (Mich.), Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyThese 3 women are defining the race to unseat Trump Ocasio-Cortez mourns Cummings: 'A devastating loss for our country' Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle mourn Cummings MORE (Mass.) and Ocasio-Cortez.

“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.”

Pelosi said she was done talking about the fight during a Thursday press conference, and Ocasio-Cortez told CNN she “absolutely” does not believe Pelosi is a racist.