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-CortezTrump Jr on father's taxes: 'People don't understand what goes into a business' Ocasio-Cortez: Trump contributed less in taxes 'than waitresses and undocumented immigrants' Will Democrats attempt to pack the Supreme Court again? MORE (D-N.Y.) in a new interview defended her criticism of Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiAirline industry applauds Democrats for including aid in coronavirus relief package Democrats unveil scaled-down .2T coronavirus relief package Trump tax reveal roils presidential race 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 TrumpCensus Bureau intends to wrap up count on Oct. 5 despite judge's order Top House Republican calls for probe of source of NYT Trump tax documents New Yorkers report receiving ballots with wrong name, voter addresses MORE later criticized the four lawmakers — Ocasio-Cortez and Reps. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarOmar urges Democrats to focus on nonvoters over 'disaffected Trump voters' Omar fires back at Trump over rally remarks: 'This is my country' Trump attacks Omar for criticizing US: 'How did you do where you came from?' MORE (D-Minn.), Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibTrump attacks Omar for criticizing US: 'How did you do where you came from?' George Conway: 'Trump is like a practical joke that got out of hand' Pelosi endorses Kennedy in Massachusetts Senate primary challenge MORE (D-Mich.) and Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyEnding the Hyde Amendment is no longer on the backburner Fauci, Black Lives Matter founders included on Time's 100 Most Influential People list Trump attacks Omar for criticizing US: 'How did you do where you came from?' 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.