AOC came under fire earlier this month after inferring that certain statements made by Pelosi were motivated by “The Squad’s” (Reps. Ocasio-Cortez, Pressley, Omar, and Tlaib) status as women of color. Ocasio-Cortez then later backtracked, directly stating that she does not believe Pelosi is racist.
Following the meeting, the House Speaker delivered remarks during a press conference. When asked about whether or not the meeting resulted in the two lawmakers burying a “hatchet,” Pelosi challenged the undertones of this statement. According to the Speaker, “there was no hatchet.”
Pelosi then went on to assert that diversity of thought exists within the Democrat Party.
“We are the Democratic Party. In our caucus, we have our differences. Respect that instead of making a big issue of it. We sat down today, we had a good meeting. The congresswoman is a very gracious member of Congress, so we had a very positive conversation.”
Rep. Ocasio-Cortez also branded her meeting with Pelosi as “productive.”