McEnany Nukes AOC for Falsely Playing the 'Racism' Card
White House press secretary demolishes Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY)
White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany obliterated celebrity Democrat Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) after the New York lawmaker falsely accused her of racism.
On Monday, Ocasio-Cortez suffered a meltdown after McEnany correctly referred to her as a "Biden adviser" during a press briefing.
AOC suggested that McEnany was racist for not referring to her using her title "Congresswoman" and demanded a public apology.
However, McEnany did, in fact, refer to Ocasio-Cortez as a "congresswoman," as was quickly pointed out by the White House.
McEnany mentioned Ocasio-Cortez while responding to a question from Fox News correspondent John Roberts, who asked her:
“What’s the president’s thinking on this growing movement to either defund or dismantle police forces across the country and what reforms does the president think would be appropriate in the week of the George Floyd killing?”
"The president is appalled by the 'defund the police' movement,” McEnany responded.
"The fact that you have sitting Congresswomen wanting to defund the police, notably Rashida Talib, notably Biden adviser AOC, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a former Clinton and Eric Holder spokesperson, Brian Fallon, wanting to defund our police across this country; it is extraordinary.
"And when you think the left has gone far and they couldn’t possibly go farther because we all remember the defund ICE movement, they want to defund immigration and customs enforcement, and now they wanted to fund the police.
"This is extraordinary," McEnany continued.
"This is rolling back the protective layers that protect Americans in their homes and in their places of business.
"He’s appalled by it. And it’s remarkable to hear this coming from today’s Democrat party.”
McEnany’s claim that Ocasio-Cortez has called for defunding the police is also correct and it’s a position that is highly unpopular with the American public.
"@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,” AOC responded on Twitter.
"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."
The @PressSec comment is steeped in a long, hurtful, & horrendous history of stripping women of color of titles and diminishing them to “the help.”— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) June 8, 2020
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 White House quickly debunked Ocasio-Cortez’s false claim, however.
Director of Strategic Communications Alyssa Farah responded by writing on Twitter: “Verbatim quote by @PressSec : ‘POTUS is appalled by the ‘defund police’ movement. The fact that you have SITTING CONGRESSWOMEN wanting to defund the police—notably Rashida Tlaib, notably Biden advisor @AOC …’
"she literally called you Congresswoman, @AOC .”
she literally called you Congresswoman, @AOC.— Alyssa Farah (@Alyssafarah) June 8, 2020
McEnany also responded by posting a screenshot of the transcript on Twitter and writing: “Read the transcript, Congresswoman @AOC”
Read the transcript, Congresswoman @AOC ⬇️ https://t.co/knvCMmVjWh pic.twitter.com/q6uRWROYNA— Kayleigh McEnany (@PressSec) June 8, 2020
Ocasio-Cortez did not immediately respond to being corrected by multiple officials.
Nor did she take down her tweets or issue a correction or an apology, which she originally demanded from McEnany.