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Pelosi privately blamed progressives for nearly costing Democrats the House in 2020, a book says.
Pelosi said some had “alienated Asian and Hispanic immigrants by talking vaguely about socialism.”
Pelosi later said Reps. Ocasio-Cortez and Jayapal were vying for the title of “queen bee” of the left.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi privately accused progressives of nearly costing Democrats a majority in the House in 2020 and then fumed that Reps. Pramila Jayapal and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez were squabbling over the ‘queen bee’. of the left, according to a forthcoming book.
New York Times reporters Jonathan Martin and Alexander Burns lift the curtain on Pelosi’s internal frustrations in their upcoming book “This Will Not Pass: Trump, Biden, and the Battle for America’s Future,” slated for release May 3. . Punchbowl News reported the few excerpts from the book’s report on Friday morning.
Democrats were expected to maintain and possibly even expand their majority in the US House of Representatives in 2020 given the unpopularity of President Donald Trump.
Instead, they lost a dozen House seats on the net, nearly losing their majority in the House. Some of the districts Democrats lost in places like South Florida and Southern California included high concentrations of Latino and Asian immigrants, a warning sign for Democrats’ electoral prospects.
“In a few strictly confidential conversations, she pointed a finger to the left,” the authors wrote. “Pelosi told a senior lawmaker that Democrats had alienated Asian and Hispanic immigrants by vaguely talking about socialism. In some of the same communities, the Italian Catholic speaker said, Democrats hadn’t done enough pay attention to how they talked about abortion among new Americans who were devout believers.”
House Democrats played their fair share of the blame game after the 2020 election, including in sometimes tense and emotional appeals.
In one such call shortly after Election Day, Rep. Abigail Spanberger, a Democrat from Virginia, lambasted the phrase “defund the police,” The Washington Post reported at the time, saying, “If we’re classifying Tuesday as a success… we’re going to get ripped in 2022.”
The Democrats got a trio of governments in January 2021, but their problems didn’t end there.
In the fall of 2021, congressional Democrats attempted to pass both strands of President Joe Biden’s economic agenda in a bipartisan infrastructure bill focused on roads, bridges, green energy and transportation, and a far costlier economic spending package including child care, social programs and climate spending known as the Build Back Better program that Senate Democrats would pass along party lines.
But moving the two measures at the same time proved to be a huge challenge, with progressives withholding support for the infrastructure package in protest at what they saw as a lack of commitment to build back better on the part of the centrists .
Pelosi, who only brings bills when she knows she has the votes to pass them, had to cancel two votes scheduled for the infrastructure bill on September 30 and again on October 29.
The speaker told a colleague that Jayapal, the Congressional Progressive Caucus chair, and Ocasio-Cortez “have been vying to be the ‘queen bee’ of the left, but their reward may be to serve in the minority of the House after the next election,” according to the book.
Despite the holdups and intra-party wrangling, Pelosi won the votes needed to pass the bipartisan infrastructure law on Nov. 5, with 13 Republicans voting in favor of the legislation. But she was still angry with top progressives, whom she blamed for at least temporarily derailing the bill’s passage.
Jayapal served as a mentor and source of advice to members of the progressive “Squad,” including Ocasio-Cortez, Politico reported in 2019, with the two congresswomen sharing a can of tomato soup on Ocasio’s Instagram Live – Cortez.
A representative for Jayapal declined to comment. Ocasio-Cortez’s office did not return Insider’s request for comment.
Legislation once dubbed Build Back Better, meanwhile, stalled in the Senate after Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia said in December 2021 that he could not support the measure as proposed at the time. Leading Democrats are in talks to revive an economic reconciliation bill in some form, but it’s unclear whether the 50 Senate Democrats, including Manchin, will agree on a measure to pass before the mid- terms of 2022.
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