Ocasio-Cortez More Toxic Than Previously Imagined

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(TheRedWire.com) – Ryan Grim, an Intercept reporter, notes in his new book “The Squad: AOC and the Hope of a Political Revolution” that there was a rift between Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and many of her Democratic colleagues, including former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

In the book, she revealed that ever since Ocasio-Cortez’s first day in office, she had been considered a pariah that often alienated the other party members. Grim noted in a statement that there was a big gap between the power that AOC held outside the U.S. Capitol and her power within it, which meant that for her to change the landscape, she had opted to sacrifice the relationship she had with her colleagues.

In the book, it is pointed out that AOC does not only have tension with moderate Democrats but also with certain people on the far left, including Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., who believed that Ocasio-Cortez had “usurped” her.

In a different excerpt of the book, Grim also refers to the strained relationship between Pelosi and Ocasio-Cortez following the 2018 election. As he pointed out, Pelosi had not supported Ocasio-Cortez’s push to “Abolish ICE,” which was a key part of her campaign.

Others also took issue with the dress that Ocasio-Cortez had worn at the Met Gala, which infamously read “Tax the Rich” and resulted in her facing several ethics investigations and complaints. Grim stated that many organizations had been “infuriated” by her dress and event attendance.

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