House Democrats defend Pelosi in dispute with AOC

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A number of Democrats stood by Nancy Pelosi Thursday after Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez accused the speaker of singling her out based on race.

“I think the speaker is doing a hell of job under some very trying and tough circumstances,” Rep. Val Demings (D-Fla.) said. “I first met her in 2011. You can say a lot of things about Nancy Pelosi, one thing you cannot say about Nancy Pelosi is that she – I’ve never seen her do anything that had racial overtones.”

Rep. Robin Kelly (D-Ill.) also rejected the notion Pelosi was singling out new members of color and found the speaker to be supportive to Ocasio-Cortez and her “squad.”

“I don’t feel she’s targeting – to me with the freshman women, in general, it seems like she’s been supportive,” Kelly said. “It’s tough. She’s in a no-win situation in a number of ways and but … I think she wants us all to be successful.”

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