Democratic Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has responded after White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany allegedly diminished her role as a congresswoman during a press conference earlier this week.
The Independent Journal Review reports McEnany was fielding a question about the ongoing protests for the killing of George Floyd and police reforms when she called Ocasio-Cortez a “Biden adviser.”
Ocasio-Cortez clarified in a pair of tweets that she was a member of Congress and accused McEnany of continuing “a long, hurtful, & horrendous history of stripping women of color of titles.”
“@PressSec wouldn’t be the first person to mistake a woman of color for having a lower position or title than she does,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted. “But Kayleigh – in case you haven’t picked up a newspaper in two years, I’m a Congresswoman.”
“The @PressSec comment is steeped in a long, hurtful, & horrendous history of stripping women of color of titles and diminishing them to ‘the help,’” she continued.
And, “Perhaps she isn’t aware that what she did is mired in racist history. If that is the case, I look forward to her apology tomorrow.”
The @PressSec comment is steeped in a long, hurtful, & horrendous history of stripping women of color of titles and diminishing them to “the help.”
Perhaps she isn’t aware that what she did is mired in racist history. If that is the case, I look forward to her apology tomorrow.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) June 8, 2020
Of course, the complaint was over nothing as McEnany referred to Ocasio-Cortez as a congresswoman several times in her remarks.
“The fact that you have sitting congresswomen wanting to defund the police … it is extraordinary,” McEnany said, specifically signaling out Ocasio-Cortez and Democratic Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib.
McEnancy continued: “…notably Rashida Tlaib, notably Biden advisor AOC, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.”
McEnany followed-up with a tweet encouraging Ocasio-Cortez to read the transcript of the press conference.
“Read the transcript, Congresswoman,” she tweeted.
— Kayleigh McEnany (@PressSec) June 8, 2020