Democratic Congresswoman Ilhan Omar revealed during a Netroots Nation conference in Pennsylvania that she and her “squad” colleagues are not interested in continuing to be led by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the rest of the Democratic leadership.
Omar, who has teamed up with Democratic congresswomen Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Talib, and Ayanna Pressley to form “the squad,” said very plainly that she and her colleagues are vying for more power in Congress.
Speaking of the power struggle between “the squad” and Democratic leadership, she said via the Washington Examiner: “There’s a constant struggle oftentimes with people who have power about sharing that power. We are not really in the business of asking for the share of that power. We’re in the business of trying to grab that power.”
“Every single person in Congress has a role. Our role is to take our votes and leadership’s role is to wrangle votes,” Omar added.
Per the Washington Examiner:
Rep. Ayanna Pressley, a Democrat from Massachusetts, said, “the people closest to the pain should be the closest to the power” and she’s not focused on “palace intrigue.”
“You have to be unapologetically you,” said Rep. Rashida Tlaib, a Democrat from Michigan.
Ocasio-Cortez called Pelosi “outright disrespectful” and accused her of targeting freshman congresswomen of color after the speaker said the group “didn’t have any following. They’re four people, and that’s how many votes they got.”
Some attendees of a liberal conference booed at least twice when Pelosi’s name was mentioned on Friday.
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