Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.), leader of the House Democrats, has also stayed silent.
Ocasio-Cortez, the would-be Taylor Swift of the Democratic Party, habitually dismisses her critics and those of her "Squad" - as the four new champagne radicals in the House call themselves - as racists and sexists.
Also testifying Friday were Escobar and Rep. Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., who said federal treatment of migrants has "exceeded a level of degradation we should be ashamed is occurring on American soil". That's simply outrageous by any measure, especially considering that a healthy number of moderate members are nonwhite. "The persistent singling out.it got to a point where it was just outright disrespectful.?.?. the explicit singling out of newly elected women of color", she said.
The four have been tormenting not only Pelosi but also moderate members who, for example, chose to at least fund the facilities where Border Control has almost run out of money and to fight about standards for children's care later rather than let the money for housing and care of children and families run out. "I think the African-American community deserves an apology for that".
Although Pelosi appeared intent on refocusing the party's attention, some lawmakers could not put the feud to bed. She didn't directly side with the moderates.
"And I'll tell you something about Nancy Pelosi that you know better than I do. And we have a big fight, and we're in the arena and that's all I'm going to say on the subject". "For millions of us, these women of color in Congress represent generations of blood, sweat, and tears; of struggle for us to have representation", said Netroots moderator Aimee Allison. We respect the value of every member of our caucus. "I think the African American community deserves an apology for that". One tweet took aim at Sharice Davids, a Native-American freshman lawmaker.
"So, to even insinuate that I, or any other member of the New Dems, would promote policies that are racist and hateful or ones that would negatively impact communities of color is deeply offensive and couldn't be further from the truth".
Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Ariz., said comparing the detention camps to Nazi concentration camps - a pointed swipe at Ocasio-Cortez, who has used the analogy - doesn't help solve the problem.
Davids, whose campaign promises included a middle class tax cut, creating a childcare tax credit, and expanding Medicaid, has not responded to Ocasio-Cortez's camp.
Some will see that as "master trolling" as the kids say, but with the Democrats shooting at one another with such expert aim, it could also be seen as completely unwise on his part, and a way to give them something to join together about and use as an "out" from what has been escalating to epic proportions all on its own. "They think it is absurd to call the speaker racist".
The only way backbenchers gain power is by intimidating those who actually have power.
Despite the rocky relationship between the speaker and the president since she assumed the role of speaker, Pelosi has refused to go along with the plans of those who seek the impeachment of the President, which has led to her receiving criticism from fellow democrats.
The House passed its version of the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act, or NDAA, by a 220 to 197 vote, without a single Republican voting in favor of the bill and after some of the most liberal Democrats opposed it as they pushed for a reduction in defense spending.
The Justice Democrats have endorsed a progressive primary challenger against Clay and other centrist Democrats.