Trump defends Pelosi, says she's 'not a racist'

Clay Curtis
July 13, 2019

Trump stuck up for Pelosi on Friday after freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of NY ramped up her criticism of the Democratic speaker. She is not a racist.

Although Trump called Ocasio-Cortez's words to Pelosi "very disrespectful", respect is not how one would classify the president's typical way of speaking about the Democratic leader. "And I think this is really going to fracture the party because you can't have someone, a freshman in particular, that has the resources to go out and go after more senior members of her own party without really sabotaging the whole agenda".

Ocasio-Cortez said the crisis at the U.S. -Mexico border is "manufactured" because border officials are separating children from their families unnecessarily.

Representative Ro Khanna of California said: "Although President Trump campaigned on ending costly wars oversees, his chosen advisors, one which includes the architect of the Iraq war, and actions to increase tensions with Iran, prove he is far from living up to that promise".

The row comes amid accusations by AOC and by other freshman democrats, namely: Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Ayanna Pressley of MA. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) and Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.).

"All these people have their public whatever and their Twitter world", Pelosi told The New York Times.

Ocasio-Cortez later clarified that she "absolutely" did not believe Pelosi was being racist, and the speaker said Thursday: "We respect the value of every member of our caucus".

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Trump and Pelosi have had an up-and-down relationship since she assumed the speakership and has led a House Democratic majority during Trump's third year in office.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), the House Democratic Caucus chided the freshman congresswoman's chief of staff, Saikat Chakrabarti, on Friday.

Pelosi appeared to be trying to put the dispute behind her.

"I held the hand of a woman who heaves sobs as she explained her deep fear that at any moment she could fall to the floor in a seizure", she said. Because they know what the facts are and what we are responding to. The diversity of it all is a wonderful thing. "Diversity is our strength, unity is our power". Those are the ones that forced Pelosi to back off of that really bad border funding bill right before the Fourth of July and have a vote on the bill that the Senate passed - the bill that we tried to bring up 18 times.

The panel's top Republican is Ohio's Jim Jordan, who says President Donald Trump's hard-line immigration policies are about protecting the border, not about politics.

"Brent can win, he can win", Ocasio-Cortez said past year on The Dig, a podcast from far-left Jacobin magazine, according to The Intercept.

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