Nancy Pelosi Losing Grip: One Fourth Of Democrats Vote With AOC

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi dismissed the left wing of her Democratic Party on Sunday, saying the number of outspoken progressives in Congress is "like five people".

In the sit-down with Lesley Stahl of 60 Minutes on Sunday, the 79-year-old Pelosi was asked about pushback she received from the left-wing of her own party.

Stahl said that "the progressive group is more than five", to which Pelosi responded, "Well, the progressive - I'm a progressive".

"The extent of this administration's cynicism and cruelty can not be overstated", a Pelosi spokeswoman said.

That's quite a way to welcome a new generation of mostly progressive women of color entering the Democratic Party who are activating young people, people of color, and working-class voters of all backgrounds.

"For [Pelosi] now to simply reject out of hand when the president actually has said, 'Okay, let's look at ways we can come closer, ' it shows you they're just not interested in negotiating", the Wyoming congresswoman continued.

Under mounting pressure from vocal freshman Democrats, Pelosi demanded that the president take down the video, which she claimed was "dangerous". Speaking at the London School of Economics ahead of her visit to Dublin, Ms Pelosi jokingly revealed that Mr Bercow taught her how to quiet the house during the more caucus moments.

But she made explicitly clear that new Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez - an emerging force in United States politics who is often simply referred to as AOC - and fellow young progressives elected in 2018 represented only the margins of American society.

Newsweek's report on Pelosi's remarks speculated that she could have been signaling her resistance to members of her Party who are lurching to the far left.

She also praised Mrs. Pelosi for "leading the charge" on "desperately needed voting-rights legislation" and "fighting to protect reproductive rights".

"She is out of control, except for her control of Nancy!" the president pointedly added.

"Our progressive message is down the middle, but it is, again, addressing the concerns of America's working families", she said.

"When we won this election, it wasn't in districts like mine or Alexandria's", she said. And Omar was given a spot on the influential House Foreign Services Committee.

"But those are districts that are solidly Democratic".

Critics accuse Omar of offering a flippant description of the assailants behind the attack that killed almost 3,000 people.

  • Jon Douglas