Twitter war of words erupts between Pelosi’s pals and AOC’s chief of staff


Progressives in Congress trained more public criticism on the Democratic Party’s centrists, and the House’s official Twitter account hit back with a late-night tweet attacking Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s chief of staff.

Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Oregon) blamed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for caving to Republicans on a bill to fund US Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention centers at the southern border, calling the $4.6-billion legislation “horrendous.”

“The complete assumption on the Senate side was that Speaker Pelosi would take it to conference, and she didn’t,” Merkley reportedly said at the annual left-wing Netroots Nation conference Friday.

Meanwhile, Pelosi loyalists took a stab at Saikat Chakrabarti, AOC’s chief of staff, for his two-week-old tweet slamming moderate Rep. Sharice Davids (D-Kan.) for “enabl[ing] a racist system.”

“Who is this guy and why is he explicitly singling out a Native American woman of color?” tweeted the House Democrats’ official account. “Keep Her Name Out Of Your Mouth,” the post continued.

“I’m not interested in substance-less Twitter spats,” Chakrabarti posted in response.

AOC has been tangled in a heated dispute in recent days, after blasting Pelosi for being “outright disrespectful … of newly elected women of color.”


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