AOC reveals what was said when she was spotted speaking to Matt Gaetz
A quick clip that captured Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) speaking to Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) has caught the attention of social media users as many wondered what their topic of discussion could have been.
It's no secret that the progressive Democratic lawmaker and Gaetz have rarely seen eye-to-eye so the two actually speaking has raised many questions. Now, Ocasio-Cortez is offering insight into that conversation.
According to Business Insider, the rare conversation took place on Tuesday, January 3 as House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) continues his fight to secure enough votes to become House Speaker; an uphill battle that appears to be grim.
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"Ocasio-Cortez was seen on Tuesday speaking to Gaetz briefly on the floor of Congress," the news outlet reported. "The conversation between the two came as a surprise, considering how they have clashed and how ideologically different the progressive congresswoman and the House Freedom Caucus congressman are."
During a brief interview with The Intercept, Ocasio-Cortez offered some context. Per Insider, the New York lawmaker "told Gaetz that the Democrats will not help McCarthy out. McCarthy failed to get the votes he needed to secure the speakership on three separate ballots on Tuesday. And by the third vote, the number of people voting against him had gone up."
"McCarthy was suggesting he could get Dems to walk away to lower his threshold," Ocasio-Cortez told The Intercept. "And I fact-checked and said absolutely not."
Also on Tuesday, Ocasio-Cortez also spoke with Semafor where she offered details about her rare conversation with Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) after she was seen smiling and speaking with him.
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Per Insider, Ocasio-Cortez recounted her conversation with Gosar, who, "had approached her to ask if the Democrats were willing to help McCarthy secure the speakership by exiting the chamber and lowering the vote threshold."
The lawmaker made it clear that she told Gosar the same thing she told Gaetz: Democrats have no intent on helping McCarthy secure the House leadership position.
Watch the video below or at this link.
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