Still, Ocasio-Cortez's words leave the impression that the disagreements are beginning to lead to poor optics: the leader of the establishment being "outright disrespectful" to neophyte women of color from working-class backgrounds trying to challenge the status quo. "There is no need for us to arrest innocent people and treat them no differently than criminals when they're pursuing their basic human rights".
House Democrats wrote: "Who is this guy and why is he explicitly singling out a Native American woman of color?"
Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez defended her demand to be sworn-in during a public hearing Friday; saying she requested the odd procedure because Republicans "state that she's lying" about border security.
The optics, never so directly addressed until now, reads like a microcosm of a much larger rift in the Democratic Party: a battle between older establishment white liberals and younger people of color from activist backgrounds. The document was later deleted and Ocasio-Cortez blamed the embarrassing episode on an unidentified staffer.
Wisconsin Rep. Mark Pocan, a co-chairman of the Congressional Progressive caucus, said on Thursday that he and Washington Rep. Pramila Jayapal, another co-chair, are setting up a meeting with Pelosi and Majority Leader Steny Hoyer of Maryland.
"We respect the value of every member of our caucus", Pelosi told reporters. She described conditions in the institution as "terrible" and said he witnessed "some of the most inhuman actions".
Pelosi announced to House Democrats on Wednesday: "You got a complaint?"
"No one has texted me", Ocasio-Cortez said after a lengthy vote series on the House floor.
"When these women tell me they were put into a cell and their sink was not working - and we tested the sink ourselves and the sink was not working and they were told to drink out of the toilet bowl - I believe them", she said. Her name is Congresswoman Davids, not Sharice. You come and talk to me about it. "Of course it's overblown". "She isn't going to go with status quo. she questions it".
"How they are interpreting and carrying it to another place is up to them, but I'm not going to be discussing it any further", Pelosi said. "And so we're looking forward to having that discussion with her", Jayapal said on Thursday. "It is important that we resolve any kind of conflicts internally and not publicly".