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McEnany strikes back after Ocasio-Cortez accuses her of racism, demands apology

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Mary Margaret Olohan, DCNF

Democratic New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany traded blows Monday after the press secretary called Ocasio-Cortez an advisor to 2020 presidential candidate Joe Biden.

McEnany discussed the “Defund the Police” movement at a White House press conference Monday afternoon where she criticized “sitting congresswomen,” including “Biden advisor AOC,” for “wanting to defund our police across this country.”

Ocasio-Cortez responded by suggesting that McEnany’s comment was “mired in racist history” and demanding an apology. Ocasio-Cortez accused the press secretary of erasing the fact that she’s a congresswoman.

“I’m a Congresswoman,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted at the White House press secretary.

“The @PressSec comment is steeped in a long, hurtful, & horrendous history of stripping women of color of titles and diminishing them to ‘the help,’” Ocasio-Cortez added. “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.”

McEnany tweeted back at Ocasio-Cortez, “Read the transcript, Congresswoman,” with a screenshot of her own comments that highlighted the word “congresswomen.” 

White House director of strategic communications Alyssa Farah also emphasized to Ocasio-Cortez that McEnany did, in fact, note that Ocasio-Cortez is a congresswoman.

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