Ocasio-Cortez pushes back on allegations she insulted Pelosi

Ocasio-Cortez pushes back on allegations she insulted Pelosi
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"Having respect for ourselves doesn’t mean we lack respect for her. It means we won’t let everyday people be dismissed," Ocasio-Cortez tweeted.

In an interview with The New York Times, Pelosi said four House Democrats, including Ocasio-Cortez, made themselves irrelevant by voting against "our bill."

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

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Ocasio-Cortez responded by tweeting, "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 and fellow Democratic Reps. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarMinority caucuses call for quick action on police reform Amash readying legislation allowing victims to sue officers Democrats call for Congress to take action following death of George Floyd MORE (Minn.), Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibPelosi: George Floyd death is 'a crime' Overnight Defense: Pentagon memo warns pandemic could go until summer 2021 | Watchdog finds Taliban violence is high despite US deal | Progressive Dems demand defense cuts Progressives demand defense budget cuts amid coronavirus pandemic MORE (Mich.) and Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyMinority caucuses call for quick action on police reform Democrats call for Congress to take action following death of George Floyd Black Caucus member unveils bill to create commission addressing legacy of slavery MORE (Mass.) voted against a spending package providing $4.5 billion after Pelosi agreed to take up the bipartisan Senate version of the bill without additional border protections demanded by progressive House lawmakers.

Ocasio-Cortez placed the border controversy at the forefront of her response to Pelosi's comments to the Times.

"I don't believe it was a good idea for Dems to blindly trust the Trump admin when so many kids have died in their custody," Ocasio-Cortez tweeted.

The Hill has reached out to Pelosi's office for comment.