Do not come for Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and expect to walk away unscathed, or at the very least, without getting dragged on Twitter.
On Monday, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany experienced the Twitter wrath of Ocasio-Cortez firsthand. And as usual, AOC proved she’s not here to play.
After McEnany discussed the Congresswoman in an afternoon briefing and referred to her as “Biden advisor Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez,” AOC went on Twitter to @ the press secretary directly.
“.@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 tweeted.
In the briefing, McEnany also bragged about Trump’s job numbers and went on to explain that although the president allegedly feels black lives matter, he has no desire to defund the police. McEnany highlighted AOC’s vocal “defund the police” stance and made it clear that Trump does not agree.
“The fact that you have sitting congresswomen wanting to defund the police… notably Biden advisor AOC, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez… it is extraordinary,” McEnany said.
Though according to the transcript, McEnany initially referred to AOC as a “sitting congresswoman” on the first general mention, the fact that she later referred to the 30-year-old as “Biden advisor” rubbed AOC the wrong way.
After AOC tweeted at McEnany, responses were split. Some loyal followers praised Ocasio-Cortez for putting the press secretary in her place, and others argued that although AOC is a member of Congress, she also supports and works with Biden.
To those people, AOC clarified her response and explained her anger in an additional tweet.
“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 tweeted. “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
McEnany replied to the congresswoman’s tweet with a highlighted screenshot of the press briefing transcript.
Whether or not McEnany used the label to diminish a woman of color’s accomplishments, it’s worth noting that isn’t the first time McEnany has been accused of making racist remarks. In July 2013, McEnany wrote an article about Barack Obama entitled, “,” in which she attacked the then-president’s race and said, “It’s time to move past race.”