Ocasio-Cortez on her pushback against Pelosi: I 'stand up for myself and my other colleagues'

Ocasio-Cortez on her pushback against Pelosi: I 'stand up for myself and my other colleagues'
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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-Cortez'Saturday Night Live' presents Trump impeachment hearings with 'pizzazz' of soap opera Louisiana governor wins reelection White House backs Stephen Miller amid white nationalist allegations MORE (D-N.Y.) in a new interview defended her criticism of Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiSchumer calls on Trump to testify as part of impeachment inquiry Sunday shows — Spotlight shifts to Sondland ahead of impeachment inquiry testimony Perception won't be reality, once AI can manipulate what we see MORE (D-Calif.) for "singling out" minority members of the House Democratic Caucus, vowing to continue to "stand up" for her progressive allies.

Ocasio-Cortez told the New York Daily News that she would continue to defend her allies in Congress against attacks from party leadership, which in the past she called "disrespectful."

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“While I try to be kind, I also stand up for myself and other colleagues,” the first-term progressive lawmaker said.

“It does create some of that discomfort,” she acknowledged, adding: “But if we don’t actively try to be better, then we’re only going to have one option and that’s not going to be the best one.”

Ocasio-Cortez went on to explain that she wanted to broaden voters' views of what is possible for the federal government to achieve, a view that puts her in natural conflict with the party's moderates.

“I’m not trying to drive my colleagues out. I’m trying to challenge voters,” she said. “I’m trying to challenge folks who cast votes to think, ‘maybe we can go further.’"

Ocasio-Cortez's remarks come after Pelosi targeted her and several other freshman Democratic congresswomen, known as "the squad," over their votes against a border security and aid funding bill. President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump reversed course on flavored e-cigarette ban over fear of job losses: report Trump to award National Medal of Arts to actor Jon Voight Sondland notified Trump officials of investigation push ahead of Ukraine call: report MORE later criticized the four lawmakers — Ocasio-Cortez and Reps. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarOcasio-Cortez jabs 'plutocratic' late entrants to 2020 field Krystal Ball: Billionaires panicking over Sanders candidacy Omar renews claim Stephen Miller is a 'white nationalist' amid calls for him to step down MORE (D-Minn.), Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibAyanna Pressley introduces extensive criminal justice reform resolution Ethics panel extends probe into Tlaib, says she likely misused campaign funds Ocasio-Cortez jabs 'plutocratic' late entrants to 2020 field MORE (D-Mich.) and Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyAyanna Pressley introduces extensive criminal justice reform resolution Ocasio-Cortez jabs 'plutocratic' late entrants to 2020 field Justice Democrats official denies that progressives struggle with electability MORE (D-Mass.) — in tweets that they and others said were racist.

The House later condemned Trump's remarks in a resolution led by Pelosi, who also argued that the president's remarks were racist.