Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to Nancy Pelosi: 'It's Not Just One District'

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On Wednesday, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi gave reporters her take on Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s win: “They made a choice in one district.”


She continued:

So, let’s not get yourself carried away as an expert on demographics and the rest of that. We have an array of genders, generations, geography and the rest, opinion, in our caucus and we’re very proud of that.

Nancy Pelosi is correct that not every district is going to want to elect a Democratic Socialist. She is wildly incorrect—some might even say foolish—to downplay the significance of Ocasio-Cortez’s win. And yet, downplaying it is all Pelosi can do, because if Ocasio-Cortez’s win is a symbol of a larger shift on the left, then that would have implications for the elderly capitalists currently leading the Democratic Party.

“Yeah, well, you know, I think that we’re in the middle of a movement in this country,” Ocasio-Cortez said on CNN later that night, after being shown a clip of Pelosi’s remarks. “I feel this movement, but that movement is going to happen from the bottom up. That movement is going to come from voters.”

“It’s not just one district,” she said.

Ellie is a freelance writer and former senior writer at Jezebel. She is pursuing a master's degree in science journalism at Columbia University in the fall.


Montauk Monster

Like many white people from the rural south raised by Republicans, I primarily align with Democratic Socialist policies and positions. I’m 33 years old. I remember 1998 – the lynching year, Matthew Shepherd and James Byrd, Jr. Columbine happened during my Freshman year of high school. How safe are today’s children from bullets? I was a college student during the buildup to Iraq, and guess who’s (still) fighting that war NO ONE with an ounce of foresight wanted? My peers, my generation. Who got fucked in the job market? People just a handful of years younger than me. Who’s going to have to work until we drop dead? Basically everyone under 45. Healthcare is a joke, and racism + celebrity worship helped pumped Donald Trump into the Presidency – he was a famous racist before I was even born.

Nancy Pelosi, all due respect, but watch your goddamn mouth.