Liberal twitter has officially lost their patience with House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi.
After regaining control of the House in January, many Dems were excited to have Speaker Pelosi back in charge.
She’s been hailed as “a master strategist” and is considered by many to be one of the tougher party leaders.
And initially, it seemed like she was getting sh*t done. The House passed more than 100 bills including ones protecting voters’ rights, saving net neutrality, protecting preexisting conditions, lowering prescription drug costs, and more.
But where was our impeachment inquiry?
Many Pelosi supporters argued that she had a long-term strategy, that starting impeachment proceedings before the 2020 presidential election would distract voters.
But six months in and many are questioning if she really does have a game plan.
It certainly hasn’t helped that she’s been seemingly soft on the detention camps holding immigrant children who have been separated from their families — emergency funding for the border was even recently by the House, a divisive move among party members.
Additionally, Speaker Pelosi has taken slow action against William Barr, Hope Hicks and more Trump associates who have ignored their House subpoenas. The most the House has done so far is to hold Barr in contempt and begin legal proceedings against him.
However, she can technically do a lot more. According to an 1821 Supreme Court ruling, Congress has the power to “arrest and detain” anyone who fails to comply with a subpoena (which is illegal).
On top of all of that, she recently dismissed writer E. Carroll Jean’s rape claims against Trump. According to the HuffPost, she said in a press conference,
“I haven’t spent any time on that. I don’t know the people you’re referencing, I don’t know the person making the accusation. I haven’t paid that much attention to it.”
But the straw that broke the camel’s back was the Speaker’s interview with The New York Times in which she insulted four of her very own party members: House Reps. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, and Ayanna Pressley — all of whom are women of color.
Now, I’m not calling Nancy a racist by any means, but it certainly isn’t a good look.
Not only that, but she was completely dismissive of the representatives’ contributions to the party and everything they’ve done to reinvigorate voters. She told the NYT,
“All these people have their public whatever and their Twitter world. But they didn’t have any following. They’re four people and that’s how many votes they got.”
AOC has certainly more than proven herself in her short time in the House. She spear-headed the Green New Deal and has committed herself to closing the detention camps.
She recently visited the El Paso camp and reported back the horrible conditions. She tweeted out that women were forced to drink from toilet bowls, weren’t given adequate food or nutrition, and were only given a tiny packet of shampoo to wash their entire bodies. She also noted the severe overcrowding in the cells that prevented many from being able to lie down to sleep.
Her peers House Reps. Ayanna Pressley and Rashida Tlaib also visited detention centers at Clint.
After the NYT article went live, many took to Twitter to vent their frustrations with Nancy’s quotes on her fellow House Dems as well as her inaction when it came to impeachment proceedings. Others questioned whether she was going the way of Biden and was from a generation who couldn’t understand present-day issues.
Many Democrats are starting to lose faith in Nancy and whether or not she can take down Trump. Is it time for her to step aside and let the younger generation of Dems step up to the plate? Only time will tell.
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Lena Finkel is the Editor and Founder of Femestella. Prior to starting Femestella, she worked at People, InStyle, and Tiger Beat. Her favorite Housewife is Bethenny Frankel and when she’s not watching RHONY, you can probably find her obsessing over her tuxedo cat Tom or hoarding drugstore lipsticks.