House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was fed up with the social media infighting within her party. If you’ve got a problem, she said, come to her. Don’t tweet about it.
That was her message just a few days ago to House Democrats. That message quite clearly did not get through to everyone, because Friday the official House Democrats Twitter account posted a sharp, direct tweet attacking Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s chief of staff, Saikat Chakrabarti.
Chakrabarti criticized the immigration voting record of Rep. Sharice Davids (D-Kan.) back on June 27.
“I think the point still stands,” Chakrabarti wrote on Twitter. “I don’t think people have to be personally racist to enable a racist system. And the same could even be said of the Southern Democrats. I don’t believe Sharice is a racist person, but her votes are showing her to enable a racist system”
For some reason, whoever runs the Twitter account for House Democrats went back more than two weeks, pulled this old tweet up, and launched an attack on Ocasio-Cortez’s relatively well-known chief of staff, making a play on the very words AOC herself used this week to criticize Pelosi.
“Who is this guy and why is he explicitly singling out a Native American woman of color?” the tweet read. “Her name is Congresswoman Davids, not Sharice. She is a phenomenal new member who flipped a red seat blue. Keep her name out of our mouth.”
The attack is a clear reference to Ocasio-Cortez, who earlier this week in a Washington Post interview called out Pelosi for her “disrespectful” “explicit singling out of newly-elected women of color.”
There’s a lot going on here. Who wrote/approved this? Pelosi? Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, the chairman of the House Democratic Caucus who presumably has oversight of the account? A rogue social media staffer with an axe to grind?
Second question: Why would they post this? Democratic leadership claims to be concerned with presenting a unified front as they investigate the president and try to influence immigration policy, and this kind of activity fully distracts from those issues.
Regardless of the who and why, Republicans are certainly content to sit back and watch the most prominent names in the party tear each other down as 2020 draws nearer.
UPDATE: Chakrabarti responded to House Democrats: