White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany wasn’t phased by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) when the Democrat accused her of racism.
Ocasio-Cortez insinuated that the president’s press secretary declined to use her congressional title on purpose, but McEnany fired back with textual evidence blowing the accusation to bits.
Ocasio-Cortez did not hesitate to play the race card when a reporter with Politico shared a misleading quote from McEnany, which appeared to show that she called Ocasio-Cortez simply a “Biden adviser.”
The Democrat insisted that McEnany was disparaging her for racial reasons, tweeting that she “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,” she added.
In a follow-up tweet, Ocasio-Cortez got even more aggressive. “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.”
“Read the transcript”
The full quote shows that McEnany referred to “congresswomen” in the plural who had endorsed the growing movement to defund the police, including Rep. Rashida Tlaib (R-MI), who like AOC is known for her far-left politics. McEnany shared the transcript of the full exchange, with the message, “Read the transcript, Congresswoman.”
“The president is appalled by the ‘defund the police’ movement. The fact that you have sitting congresswomen wanting to defund the police, notably Rashida Tlaib, notably Biden adviser AOC, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, former Clinton and Eric Holder spokesperson Brian Fallon, wanting to defund our police across the country? It is extraordinary,” the full quote reads.
— Kayleigh McEnany (@PressSec) June 8, 2020
AOC plays race card — again
Ocasio-Cortez, who has become the standard-bearer of millennial progressivism in Congress, supported Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-VT) tragic campaign for the presidency before she was named co-chair of a task force on climate change for the Biden campaign, along with former Secretary of State John Kerry.
It is possible that McEnany was simply trying to draw attention to Ocasio-Cortez’s political connections with Biden, who contradicted Ocasio-Cortez and Black Lives Matter on Monday when he declined to endorse the “defund the police” movement.
President Donald Trump has sought to highlight the radical movement, which has also picked up endorsements from AOC ally Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), as a handful of cities begin to experiment with downsizing or abolishing police as a solution to “systemic racism.”
Accusations of racism have become far too common and cavalier in American culture, thanks to the likes of Ocasio-Cortez, who seem to treat the word like a conversation filler. It sounds like Ocasio-Cortez is back to her histrionics over fake bigotry — but seeing that the political culture rewards this kind of behavior, it’s not likely to stop any time soon.