House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Sunday maintained that Democrats need to “hold the center” to succeed and waved off the left flank of the Democratic Party – represented by freshman lawmaker Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez – as “like five people.”
Pelosi was responding to a question by Lesley Stahl during an interview on CBS’ “60 Minutes” when she made the comment.
“So you are contending with a group in Congress: Over here on the left flank are these self-described socialists, on the right, these moderates,” Stahl said. “And you yourself said that you’re the only one who can unify everybody. And the question is can you?”
Pelosi replied: “By and large, whatever orientation they came to Congress with, they know that we have to hold the center. That we have to be m– go down the mainstream.”
Stahl interjected, noting that the Democratic Party looked “fractured.”
“You have these wings – AOC, and her group on one side,” Stahl continued.
“That’s like five people,” Pelosi dismissed.
“No, it’s – the progressive group is more than five,” Stahl pressed.
“Well, the progressive – I’m a progressive,” Pelosi replied.
Ocasio-Cortez is one of the Congressional Progressive Caucus’ most recognizable freshmen members. She is also part of seven Democratic House members supported by the progressive political action the Justice Democrats.
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