Other liberals, while not so seething, also defended Pelosi, warning of the political dangers of adhering to stringent ideological demands — and airing gripes with other Democrats in public.
“You know how people lose the elections? By not having the ability to see the big picture and not being able to keep their eye on the ball,” said Rep. Val Demings (D-Fla.), a Congressional Black Caucus member.
But Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.), a Congressional Progressive Caucus co-chair who is Indian American, said that she could relate to Ocasio-Cortez feeling targeted as a woman of color.
“I can tell you that it happens all the time. It isn’t usually from just one person. The system is geared in that way,” Jayapal said. “It’s just a constant thing we deal with as women of color. It’s always harder when it’s perceived as coming from your own side, whether that was how it was intended or not.”