House Speaker Nancy Pelosi recently appeared to make a swipe at freshman Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
During an appearance in London Monday, she urged Democrats against adopting more progressive policies if they want a better chance of challenging the president in 2020. She then pivoted to praise Democrats, who took over Republican seats during midterms.
Pelosi said if the left hopes to keep up its advantage in Congress then it needs to focus less on winning seats in historically Democrat districts. She continued, saying a glass of water could win an election in districts like Ocasio-Cortez’s.
“When we won this election it wasn’t in districts like mine or Alexandria’s, however, she’s a wonderful member of Congress…but those are districts that are solidly Democratic,” Pelosi explained.
The speaker’s remarks appear to be her latest effort to minimize the influence of progressive lawmakers on her party.