McEnany knocks back race-bait by AOC
“Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez accused White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany of neglecting to call her a congresswoman based on her race Monday when she addressed efforts by Democrats to defund police departments during a White House press briefing,” said the Washington Examiner in an article Monday.
The contretemps began when Kayleigh McEnany chided AOC for wanting to defund police.
“The president is appalled by the ‘defund the police’ movement,” McEnany said during a press briefing. “The fact that you have sitting congresswomen wanting to defund the police – notably Rashida Tlaib, notably Biden adviser Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, former Clinton and Eric Holder spokesperson Brian Fallon wanting to defund our police across this country, it is extraordinary.”
Ocasio-Cortez, however, missed the reference to her as a “sitting congresswomen,” and took umbrage from being described merely as a “Biden adviser.”
AOC then tweeted her complaint from her official Twitter account:
@PressSec wouldn’t be the first person to mistake a women of color for having a lower position or title than she does, but Kayleigh – in case you haven’t picked up a newspaper in two years, I’m a Congresswoman.
McEnany replied with a transcript of her remarks during the press briefing, highlighting the fact that she called AOC a “sitting congresswoman.” She wrote simply: “Read the transcript, Congresswoman.”
Like her predecessors, McEnany continues to be a lightning rod for critics of the Trump administration who often twist the words of the press secretary for political effect.
Ocasio-Cortez has accused opponents – and supposed friends – of using demeaning language, laced with racial undertones. In 2019, AOC accused House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of using such language with her and her colleagues in the House.
“[T}he persistent singling out … it got to a point where it was just outright disrespectful … the explicit singling out of newly elected women of color,” AOC said of Pelosi.
One women of color refused to be intimidated by AOC, however, and refused to be race-baited.
“This is incomprehensibly stupid,” said Candace Owens in a tweet to AOC. “Referring to someone as an advisor is not a form of racism. Jared Kushner, who is infinitely brighter and more accomplished than you will ever be, is an advisor. You can also ‘advise’ while you are in congress. You did it for Bernie, imbecile.”
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