Meghan McCain defends Pelosi: She 'deserves respect from younger generations'

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"Lest we forget, it's Pelosi who delivered [a victory for House Democrats in the] midterms," McCain said. "That's what I would say to these four women right here. It was her leadership that I once questioned on this show. I no longer do."

"She's 79 years old," McCain continued. "She could be with her grandkids. She could be with her family, and I don't like her, I don't agree with her politics, but she's still serving her country. And that deserves respect from younger generations."

McCain's comments come after Ocasio-Cortez accused the Speaker of repeatedly "singling out" young members of Congress, particularly women of color, for criticism despite her calls for unity within the Democratic Party in an interview this week.

“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 Washington Post.

“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.

Pelosi, meanwhile, reportedly admonished progressives during a closed-door caucus meeting this week over concerns about their rhetoric on social media and dismissed the power of Ocasio-Cortez and her allies, known collectively as "the squad," in an interview with The New York Times.

“All these people have their public whatever and their Twitter world,” she said to the Times. “But they didn’t have any following. They’re four people and that’s how many votes they got.”