Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez says tweets by her ex-chief of staff were ‘divisive’ Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., criticized her controversial ex-chief of staff’s tweets about moderate Democrats, saying they were “divisive.”
Ocasio-Cortez, however, maintained that she parted on good terms with Saikat Chakrabarti, during an exclusive interview with the New York Daily News posted Thursday. “I think it was divisive,” she told the Daily News. “I believe in criticizing stances, but I don’t believe in specifically targeting members.”
Ocasio-Cortez’s communications director, also announced he was transitioning out of the congressional office to join the congresswoman’s 2020 reelection campaign.
Chakrabarti, who co-founded Justice Democrats — a political organization that helped Ocasio-Cortez get elected, was criticized last month by Missouri Democratic Rep. William Lacy Clay.
The comments came amid intra-party bickering between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Reps. Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ocasio-Cortez.
Clay called out Chakrabarti in July for a tweet where he criticized moderate Democrats who voted in favor of an emergency border funding bill, which Ocasio-Cortez, Omar, Tlaib and Pressley voted against.
Ocasio-Cortez told the Daily News that the tweet was deleted following an “internal conversation” in her office after the tweet.“We’ve corrected it,” she said. “He immediately took the tweet down.”
In addition, Ocasio-Cortez said that the two “had been discussing this transition before that whole incident happened.”However, the announcement of the departure of Chakrabarti and Trent broke a week after Pelosi and Ocasio-Cortez met one-on-one in apparent effort to defuse tensions within the party.
Prior to that meeting, the intra-party bickering seemed to cool after President Donald Trump began to target Ocasio-Cortez, Pressley,