Pelosi exploded at AOC behind the scenes: book
Throughout the Trump presidency, Donald Trump liked to call Nancy Pelosi "crazy." The former Speaker seemed to earn the nickname when she petulantly ripped up Trump's State of the Union speech.
But Pelosi's fits of rage were not limited to Trump.
In fact, Pelosi often exploded at Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY.), according to a new book, The Squad: AOC and the Hope of a Political Revolution by Ryan Grimm.
Pelosi, AOC clashed....
Back in 2018, AOC unseated New York Democrat Joe Crowley in a shocking upset. The victory was hailed as a changing of the guard moment, and AOC came to symbolize a new generation of progressive leaders.
These days, AOC has moderated, in the eyes of many, and could even be called a member of the Democratic establishment.
But during her initial ascent, sparks flew between her and the Iron Lady of the House.
At first, AOC got the sisterhood treatment. Pelosi called to congratulate, saying, "We already have too many old white men here in Congress.”
But AOC's staff were bewildered when Pelosi spent an introductory meeting going on and on without taking a breath.
“She just keeps talking; it’s a fascinating thing," Saikat Chakrabarti, then AOC’s chief of staff, said. "We were eating, and she just talked the entire time without even taking a break. And I wasn’t sure exactly what she was saying, but I was like, ‘Huh, OK.’"
AOC was taken aback when Pelosi urged Democrats to drop the "abolish ICE" slogan - a forerunner of sorts to the toxic "defund the police" - and suggested the proposal was part of a Russian plot to undermine the party.
"She got so mad"
After that meeting, AOC's team avoided Pelosi when she tried to meet in New York. But as AOC's star rose, the two would clash behind the scenes.
In one tense phone exchange, AOC asked Pelosi why Democrats never expressed any curiosity about her winning campaign in 2018.
AOC said the party's campaign operation "sucked," which caused Pelosi to blow up. "She got so mad at me," AOC recalls.
Pelosi's contempt for AOC sometimes came out in public.
At the height of "The Squad's" fame in 2019, Pelosi notoriously dismissed AOC and her allies as little more than Twitter brats.
"They’re four people, and that’s how many votes they got," Pelosi said at the time.
In a text message, AOC said the animosity she sometimes felt from other Democrats evaporated once Pelosi left leadership at the end of last year.
"I thought a lot of my misery was due to leadership more broadly having a thing against me. But … my life has completely transformed. It’s crazy. And it’s that that made me realize it was kind of just [Pelosi] the whole time," she wrote.
It looks like Trump and AOC can agree on one thing: Nancy Pelosi is a nasty old wench.