Democrats have found themselves divided as moderates within their party, particularly Nancy Pelosi, have made the decision to support a Trump-led bill to send more funding to the US-Mexico border.
On the surface, it would appear that this support is well aligned with the principles of the Democratic party. After all, most Democrats support positive action at the border, as opposed to the Republicans’ wish to heavily secure the border or close it altogether.
But these moderate Democrats are facing serious backlash from the more left-leaning members of their party, particularly Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Ocasio-Cortez has vehemently opposed the measure to send over $4 billion emergency aid to the southern border. The congresswoman has criticized any actions by Democrats that could be perceived as supporting the current administration.
Pelosi snapped back at the younger congresswoman’s criticism, accusing her of living in a “Twitter world.” Pelosi described Ocasio-Cortez and her supporters of “not having any [real] following.”
Ocasio-Cortez has defended her heavy use of social media, maintaining that it is the best way to communicate with her constituents in the modern era. Ironically, her support of social media is quite similar to that of President Trump, who has become well known for his love of Twitter.
Trump also took shots at Ocasio-Cortez this week, as news broke that he refers to her as “Evita” in a new book about the Republican party, “American Carnage,” set to be released on July 16th. Author Tim Alberta writes that while Trump is highly critical of the young congresswoman, he remains impressed by her ability to draw in such a large audience. A recent poll showed that Ocasio-Cortez is one of the most recognizable Democrats in the United States.
“She’s got talent. [That’s] the good news,” the president told Alberta in an interview. “The bad news [is] she doesn’t know anything. She’s got [an] ‘it’ factor, which is pretty good, but she knows nothing.” Ocasio-Cortez has repeatedly been criticized for gaps in her knowledge on topics ranging from the Israel-Palestine conflict to climate science.
While the views of Ocasio-Cortez might be well aligned with the very left-leaning members of the Democratic party, they aren’t likely to win her supporters from outside of the far left. Pelosi’s decision to support Trump’s humanitarian aid measure might not be a good political maneuver, but it will undoubtedly be impactful to the needy people who the bill will benefit.