House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) reportedly betrayed fellow House Democrats, including Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and other Squad members by insulting their positions as young progressives, according to a forthcoming book about the polarizing House leader.
The upcoming title from journalist Susan Page describes Pelosi’s attitude with the Squad in difficult terms: “her dispute with the Squad had exploded; her anger at the four new progressive congresswomen was palpable.”
Pelosi’s advice to AOC has included, “You’re not a one-person show. This is the Congress of the United States,” Axios reported.
The House Speaker has often been at odds with the more radical female House members known as the Squad. She has also downplayed their role as the new face of Democrats, choosing instead to utilize their voices when helpful to her own issues.
Squad members have likewise spatted with Pelosi. Most accusations have come from accusing the House Speaker of “not going far enough” or of allegedly avoiding Squad members because they are women of color.
Another focus of the Pelosi-focused book is her animosity for former President Donald Trump. One excerpt read:
The shock and pain she felt that night when she realized Donald Trump would win the presidency “was physical; it was actually physical,” she told me. “Like a mule kicking you in the back over and over again.” Trump’s improbable victory changed his life and the country’s trajectory. It changed her life as well.
Page added, “She saw him as unfit for the White House. Now she would emerge as his most persistent Democratic foil on Capitol Hill and across the country.”
The book is entitled “Madam Speaker: Nancy Pelosi and the Lessons of Power.” The title will be released later later this month.