Pelosi Gets Snippy When Host Lesley Stahl Brings Up AOC’s Criticisms

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi got snippy on Sunday night when host Lesley Stahl brought up New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s recent criticisms.

During Sunday’s episode of 60 Minutes, the softball interview got a bit bumpy when Stahl asked why Pelosi hasn’t elevated any young talent to positions of leadership in the Democratic Party.

When Stahl referenced Ocasio-Cortez’s criticisms of Pelosi, she lost her cool almost immediately.

Here’s the partial transcript of the exchange:

Lesley Stahl: Can we talk about the A-word?

Nancy Pelosi: What’s that?

Lesley Stahl: Age.

Nancy Pelosi: Oh, age!

Lesley Stahl: You’re 80.

Nancy Pelosi: Right.

Lesley Stahl: Your number two, Steny Hoyer’s 81. Your number three, Jim Clyburn, is 80. Why haven’t you brought young people into the leadership? We’ve-

Nancy Pelosi: Because we have. You perhaps don’t know.

Lesley Stahl: Why does AOC complain that you have not been grooming younger people for leadership?

Nancy Pelosi: I don’t know. You’ll have to ask her– because we are.

Lesley Stahl: –that was kind of sharp, kinda dismissing her.

Nancy Pelosi: I’m not dismissing her. I respect her. I think she’s very effective as are other– many other members in our caucus that the press doesn’t pay attention to. But they are there and they are building support for what comes next.


Over the weekend, Pelosi accused the Trump supporters who rioted in the Capitol this week of choosing “their whiteness over democracy.”

The California Democrat used an online video meeting with her hometown San Francisco constituents to criticize the overwhelmingly white mob that attacked Congress on Wednesday as it met to formally finalize Joe Biden’s presidential victory.

“It has been an epiphany for the world to see that there are people in our country led by this president, for the moment, who have chosen their whiteness over democracy,” Pelosi said.

Pelosi says, “The complicity, not only the complicity, the instigation of the president of United States, must and will be addressed.”

On Monday, House leaders will work to pass legislation that would force Vice President Mike Pence and the rest of the president’s Cabinet to oust Trump by invoking the 25th Amendment.

If it is blocked by Republicans, which is almost certain, the House will convene for a full House vote on Tuesday.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told Democrats last week that the nation’s top military officer has told her there are steps in place that would prevent President Trump from firing nuclear weapons.

Florida GOP Rep. Matt Gaetz revealed that President Trump has no intention of resigning or “leaving the public stage at all” after the chaos at the U.S. Capitol last week.