Home Democratic Caucus Chairman Hakeem Jeffries on Tuesday stood by the tweet his leadership office sent calling out freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s chief of staff for his social site attacks on an average freshman Democrat.
A New York Democrat like Ocasio-Cortez, quoted reporters after a closed-door meeting of House Democrats, declining to elaborate on whether he sanctioned and supports social media.
Several Democratic lawmakers have confidentially told The Hill that Ocasio-Cortez’s chief of staff, Saikat Chakrabarti, should be fired for quoting on social media that votes from freshman Rep. Sharice Davids (D-Kan.), a homosexual, Native American blended-martial arts fighter, “enable a racist system” and that the large bloc of reasonable Democrats are modern-day segregationist because they support a Senate border- health aid bill.
But Jeffries, a part of the Congressional Black results rejected to say whether he believed that Chakrabarti should be expelled, saying that is Ocasio-Cortez’s decision.
The Twitter spat has poured gasoline on a firestorm raging between Ocasio-Cortez and her progressive allies and Democrats in the moderate Blue Dog Coalition, New Democrat Coalition and Drawback Solvers Caucus. Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Jeffries and other head have not been pleased about Ocasio-Cortez’s high aide taking to Twitter to attack Democratic lawmakers, even as many of the offending tweets have been deleted.
On Friday night time, the internecine conflict took another twist when the Home Democratic Caucus’s official social media account, guided by Jeffries, went after Chakrabarti for a seven days-old deleted social media attacking David’s.
Asked if the Democrats’ official Twitter account would continue to be used to call out individual lawmakers and staffers in the future, Jeffries replied: “The Home Dem Caucus will continue to highlight the efforts by members to work on the kitchen-table, pocket-e-book issues that are important to the American people.”