White House counselor Kellyanne Conway charged on Sunday there is trouble in the Democratic ranks with the more moderate membership frustrated with the ‘radical freshmen who get all the magazine covers.’
Her comments included a veiled jab at freshman Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ilhan Omar, along with a public swipe at Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
Conway said she was told this when moderates – such as those Democrats who belong to the Problems Solvers Caucus – came to the White House for meetings.
White House counselor Kellyanne Conway charged there is trouble in the Democratic ranks with moderates frustrated with the ‘radical freshman’
Conway got in a jab at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi
‘There’s a great deal of frustration among some of the rank and file members who represent more moderate districts and, frankly, who represent districts that Donald Trump won in 2016, for example,’ she told NBC’s ‘Meet the Press.’
‘They’re very frustrated. They’ve been to the White House. They talk to people like me, quietly, saying that they wish that the radical freshmen who get all the magazine covers and all the ink and air time. I guess they’re very upset with the leadership,’ she added.
She then got in a jab at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
‘I think there’s trouble in Pelosi paradise,’ Conway said.
Two freshman House Democrats have rocketed to national stardom thanks to their active social media accounts and tough stance on controversial issues.
Freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was on cover of Time and Rep. Ilhan Omar was on cover of Newsweek. Pelosi joined Ocasio-Cortez, Omar, and Rep. Jahana Hayes on cover of Rolling Stone.
More than 100 women have been elected to the House last year, most of the Democrats.
Pelosi has struggled at times to balance her younger, more liberal members with some of the older moderates who have accumulated decades of power on Capitol Hill.
Omar, in particular, came under heavy fire from some fellow Democrats about her claim, later retracted, that moneyed Jews buy the support of U.S. lawmakers via a pro-Israel group, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, with a strategy that’s ‘all about the Benjamins baby.’
Freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez appeared on the cover of Time
Reps. Jahana Hayes, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Nancy Pelosi, and Ilhan Omar on the cover of Rolling Stone
Rep. Ilhan Omar in particular has brought out the debate among Democrats with some of her comments
It led to a furious debate among Democrats about a resolution to condemn her words, which was eventually expanded into a resolution condemning all hate language but Republicans criticized Democrats for not including Omar’s name in it.
Part of the conflict comes from the freshmen class of 2018 being more younger, more female and more racially diverse.
Its membership consisted of several firsts for Congress — the first Muslim women, the first Native American women and the first African American women from several states.
Even before they were sworn into office, several of new female members were featured in a photo spread in Vanity Fair.
Called the ‘new wave’ by the magazine, the sleek shot features Reps. Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley, Ilhan Omar, Deb Haaland, Veronica Escobar, and Sharice Davids.
The photo, taken by Martin Schoeller, appears in the January issue of
The magazine also features other Democrats who will be influential in the coming year, including incoming Speaker Nancy Pelosi and committee chairs who will have the power to subpoena members of President Donald Trump’s administration.
All six women made history in their own way in the 2018 election.
Pressley will become Massachusetts’ first black congresswoman.
Omar is one of two Muslim women elected to Congress and she will be the first hijab-wearing member of the House. Democrats plan to change the rule banning religious head coverings on the House floor as one of their first acts on Thursday so she can wear her head scarf.
Haaland and Davids will be the first Native American women in Congress.
Escobar is one of two Hispanic women coming into Congress this year that Texas has ever elected to federal office.
Ocasio-Cortez, 29, is the youngest woman ever elected to Congress.