Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) appeared to re-ignite a smoldering civil war between the progressive Congressional “squad” and Democratic Speaker of the House Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) on Saturday, lashing out at Democrats like Pelosi who are urging “caution” on impeaching President Donald Trump.
A true civil war between Ocasio-Cortez and Pelosi, who sets the priorities for the Democratic caucus and has largely locked Ocasio-Cortez and her progressive colleagues out of the Congressional agenda, threatened to explode over the summer, as the two lawmakers traded barbs on Twitter over everything from impeachment to a spending bill designed to relieve the pressure on border patrol and fund efforts to house and feed asylum-seekers crowding border detention facilities.
More recently, though, the two have been collaborating or at least ignoring each other in a mutually agreed-upon detente … until Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez decided to open a new front in the war Saturday night, calling Democrats’ refusal to pursue impeachment against President Donald Trump a “bigger scandal” than any other currently brewing.
“At this point, the bigger national scandal isn’t the president’s lawbreaking behavior – it is the Democratic Party’s refusal to impeach him for it,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted, apparently referring to allegations that Trump communicated with Ukrainin officials seeking information as to whether former Vice President Joe Biden pressured prosecutors there to spare a corporation because his son Hunter sat on the company’s board.
It’s not entirely clear if Ocasio-Cortez was targeting Pelosi specifically or launching a widespread offensive against the leaders of her own party, but what was clear was that Ocasio-Cortez made other Democrats very angry by suggesting that their behavior was worse than Trump’s.