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Speaker Nancy Pelosi appeared to belittle Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's affiliation with a progressive group in Congress in a new interview.

"One of the complaints we've heard is that you don't reach across the aisle", Stahl said.

She added that congressional Democrats "by and large. know that we have to hold the center, that we have to go down the mainstream", and said she "reject [s] socialism as an economic system".

McCarthy further noted the House was scheduled to vote on a two-year budget plan, but that Pelosi abandoned the vote after the progressive wing of her caucus demanded more spending on social programs and revolted against the legislation.

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When Stahl replied that the "progressive group" includes more than five members, Pelosi countered that she herself is a progressive.

Pelosi, meanwhile, has attempted to ward off allegations that the party's brand has been defined by the direct, social-media-driven politics of freshman progressives like Representatives Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib of MI, and Ilhan Omar of Minnesota.

"I happen to be a manifestation of the women power that is coming forth now, but only one manifestation", Pelosi said. Nadler, who is chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, said Trump showed "contempt" for the law when he reportedly promised the former head of Customs and Border Protection a pardon if he faced jail for denying immigrants seeking asylum entry into the United States.

"The President's words weigh a ton, and his hateful and inflammatory rhetoric creates real danger", Pelosi said.

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But Pelosi also stuck up for Omar in her current standoff with Trump.

"They will continue to monitor and address the threats she faces", the speaker said.

Trump posted a brutal video of Rep. Omar on Friday that condemned the Democrat for her controversial remarks concerning the 9/11 terrorist attacks that killed thousands of Americans.

"And not to diminish the exuberance and the personality, and the rest of Alexandria and the other members...but the 43 districts-we won 43, net gain of 40-were right down the middle", Pelosi said.

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Rep. Jerry Nadler, a New York Democrat whose constituents include Manhattan's financial district, which was targeted on September 11, 2001, said he had no issues with Omar's characterization of the attack.

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