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Ocasio-Cortez on Dems Opposing Pelosi: It Doesn’t Reflect the Party’s Diversity, ‘Very Few People of Color’

‘We have about 16 signatories, 14 of them are male’


HAYES: “So, one of the big issues right now is this leadership fight. So there are 16 House Democrats who signed the letter saying the time has come for new leadership. Basically saying, they won’t vote for Nancy Pelosi if Ben McAdams win in Utah that is one vote sort of  blocking her. Where are you and how do you read this fight?”

OCASIO-CORTEZ: “Well, for me while I was reading this letter that was kind of a released today, my main concern was that there is no vision, there is no common value, there is no goal that is really articulated in this letter aside from we need to change. And for me, what that says is, you know, I do think that we got sent to Congress a mandate to change how government works, to change what government even looks like. But if we are not on the same page about changing the systems and the values and how we’re going to adapt as a party for the future, then what is the point of just changing our party leadership just for the sake of it?”

HAYES: “What I’m hearing from you is you don’t feel like there is an ideological or substantive sort of agenda-driven core of this objection.”

OCASIO-CORTEZ: “No. I mean, if anything, I think that what it does is that it creates a window where we could potentially get more conservative leadership. And when you actually look at the signatories, it is not necessarily reflective of the diversity of the party. We have about 16 signatories, 14 of them are male. There are very few people of color in the caucus. There’s very few ideological diversity. It’s not like there are progressives that are signing on. It’s not like you have a broad-based coalition. So I find it — you know, I’m not totally bought into the concept.”



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