Ocasio-Cortez escalated the feud later that week when she made comments to the Washington Post suggesting Pelosi was purposefully singling out congresswomen of color to criticize.
Her remarks enraged senior members of the caucus, who were already angry about a series of tweets from Ocasio-Cortez’s chief of staff weeks earlier that accused moderates of “criminalizing brown people” for political gain.
The feud looked like it was going to drag into another week until President Donald Trump unified Democrats after tweeting a racist series of statements on July 14 telling the members of the squad — all women of color — to “go back” to another country.
All four of the congresswomen are American citizens. Trump continued his drumbeat of attacks — including repeating a series of falsehoods about the progressives and declining to stop chants of “send her back” at a political rally later that week, remarks aimed squarely at Omar.
“I give the credit to Donald Trump,” Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) said Thursday. “No one was capable of unifying our party more than the president.”
Democrats moved quickly to condemn Trump’s comments, with Pelosi causing a last-minute flurry of controversy after calling the president’s comments “racist” on the House floor.
Now, as the House departs for its longest break away from Washington this year, Democrats say they’re all looking to move on.