Moulton calls out Ocasio-Cortez's tweet defending Pelosi as 'offensive'

Rep. Seth MoultonSeth Wilbur Moulton2020 Democrats react to 'send her back' chants at Trump rally 2020 Democratic candidates rip Trump remarks at campaign rally Here are the 95 Democrats who voted to support impeachment MORE (D-Mass.) called Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezTop Missouri newspaper condemns GOP's 'shameful silence' on Trump's 'racism' Restaurant in city where Trump rally held donating profits to immigrants Crowd chanting 'welcome home Ilhan' greets Omar at airport MORE's (D-N.Y.) tweet defending House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiSally Yates: Moral fiber of US being 'shredded by unapologetic racism' Al Green calls for additional security for House members after Trump rally #IStandWithPresTrump trends in response to #IStandWithIlhan MORE's (D-Calif.) Speaker campaign as "offensive" during an interview with Boston Public Radio on Friday.

Ocasio-Cortez tweeted earlier in November that challenges to Pelosi becoming Speaker were "coming from her right, in an apparent effort to make the party even more conservative and bent toward corporate interests."

Moulton told BPR that her characterization of Pelosi's opposition was “offensive” not only to him, but to legislators like Linda Sánchez (D-Calif.) who also called for a change in leadership among House Democrats.

“It’s offensive because [Sánchez] is in the progressive caucus, she is not to the right of Nancy Pelosi, and it’s also offensive because she’s a woman,” Moulton said.


Moulton, who is very involved in the Pelosi opposition movement within the party, explained that a new generation of leaders is needed.

“We need to make room for a new generation of leaders," Moulton said. "This election was a call for change from the American people, and we have an extraordinary freshman class that includes a lot of young people, LGBT candidates and an extraordinary number of women and veterans."

He also said that he doesn't have personal animosity against Pelosi, but that she has "a stranglehold on the caucus right now that people recognize that if they come out against her now, that she’ll turn all her allies against whoever steps up in a very vindictive way and it’ll be very hard to win an election.”

Democrats overwhelmingly nominated Pelosi for Speaker on a secret-ballot vote earlier this week. Pelosi will now face a Jan. 3 floor vote in her bid to become Speaker in the 116th Congress.

A representative for Ocasio-Cortez did not immediately respond to The Hill's request for comment.