If you have internet access, you know all about the escalating feud between Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Speaker Nancy Pelosi. It’s honestly comical, yet disturbing in a “I actually am kind of sympathetic/supportive of Nancy Pelosi and that feels really gross” sort of way.
But my favorite part thus far is what Rep. William Lacy Clay had to say:
“It was such a weak argument to say she was being picked on and that four women of color were being picked on by the speaker. It tells you the level of ignorance to American history on their part as to what we are as the Democratic Caucus. It is so inappropriate. So uncalled for. It does not do anything to help with unity. It was unfair to Speaker Pelosi . . . It’s going to take a process of maturing for those freshman members. They will have to learn to be effective legislators. It shows their lack of sensitivity to racism. To fall back on that (trope) is a weak argument. It has no place in a civil discussion.”
I actually have a renewed sense of faith in the Democratic party. Most quotes from Democratic members of Congress are straight nonsense, but Clay’s statements are straight. . . sense.
I especially like his comment about “having to learn” to do their jobs. It’s such a powerful blow, but still encouraging. It’s a shot to the ego, not a total shut down. And maybe if AOC can get over herself for half a second, she actually could learn a thing or two about effective tactics and actually helping people.
Hey. It’s not TOTALLY impossible.