At a news conference on Wednesday, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said people shouldn’t get “carried away” when discussing Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s primary win in New York.
Pelosi (D-Calif.) brushed off suggestions about a broader message sent by Ocasio-Cortez’s victory, saying, “They made a choice in one district.”
Ocasio-Cortez beat 10-term incumbent Rep. Joseph Crowley to advance to the general election in November. Crowley, a high-ranking Democrat, had not faced a primary challenger in 14 years. Ocasio-Cortez is a 28-year-old Democratic socialist.
“Let’s not get yourself carried away as an expert on demographics and the rest of that,” Pelosi told reporters. “We have an array of genders, generations, geography and the rest, opinion, in our caucus and we’re very proud of that.”
On Wednesday night, Ocasio-Cortez was presented with a clip of Pelosi’s remarks during an appeared on CNN’s “Out Front” with Erin Burnett.
“There are a lot of really exciting races with extremely similar dynamics as mine,” she added. “It’s not just one district.”
The activist, who campaigned for Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) during the 2016 primaries, said “we’re in the middle of a movement in this country.”
“I feel this movement, but that movement is going to happen from the bottom up,” she said. “That movement is going to come from voters.”
On Thursday, Pelosi held news conference. She called Ocasio-Cortez “lovely” and said “we look forward to her invigoration of the Congress when she comes here.”
But Pelosi held her ground on the differing makeups of Democratic congressional districts.