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Nancy Pelosi Rips Into Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, ‘The Squad’ In New Book

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi tore into Democratic Rep. Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez from New York, and the rest of “the Squad” in a new biography coming out on April 20.

“You’re not a one-person show. This is the Congress of the United States,” she said about the left-wing firebrands, according to a summary of the book by Susan Page, Axios reported.

Ocasio-Cortez, along with Democratic Reps. Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar, and Ayanna Pressley, have become collectively known as “The Squad.”

The Squad’s push for progressive policies on economics, immigration, and other issues has caused friction with Pelosi in the past, particularly due to conflicts with more moderate Democrats.

Ocasio-Cortez went so far as to call Pelosi out over the “the explicit singling out of newly elected women of color” in 2019. (RELATED: Congressional Black Caucus Accuses Justice Democrats Of Trying To Unseat Black Lawmakers)

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 30: (L-R) U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor (D-FL), Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), and Rep. Donna Shalala (D-FL) listen as Speaker of the House Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) speaks during a news conference at the U.S. Capitol January 30, 2019 in Washington, DC. House Democrats held a news conference to introduce the "Paycheck Fairness Act." (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC – JANUARY 30: (L-R) U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor (D-FL), Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), and Rep. Donna Shalala (D-FL) listen as Speaker of the House Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) speaks during a news conference at the U.S. Capitol January 30, 2019 in Washington, DC. House Democrats held a news conference to introduce the “Paycheck Fairness Act.” (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Ocasio-Cortez and Pelosi often clashed in a number of primary contests in 2020, including elections in Missouri and New York, where long-time incumbents lost to left-wing challengers. Ocasio-Cortez has also backed primary challengers to Democratic incumbents in 2018 after she toppled a long-time incumbent in a primary election.

In the wake of the 2020 election, when Republicans gained seats in the House of Representatives, all of the Squad members voted to re-elect Pelosi to another term as Speaker of the House.