Pressley's clap back at Conway is 'what we have to see more from Democrats', Democratic strategist says

Democratic strategist Antjuan Seawright defended Rep. Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyBill Maher, Michael Moore spar over Democrats' strategy for 2020 Young insurgents aren't rushing to Kennedy's side in Markey fight Family member of 9/11 victim calls out Omar, 'Squad' at memorial ceremony MORE (D-Mass.) for calling out Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Elizabeth ConwayMerriam-Webster: A 200-year-old dictionary offers hot political takes on Twitter Condoleezza Rice: Trump needs separate secretary of State, national security adviser Trump says Pompeo not under consideration to replace Bolton MORE after the White House counselor took aim at Pressley for voting against a border aid bill backed by President TrumpDonald John TrumpSupreme Court comes to Trump's aid on immigration Trump is failing on trade policy Trump holds call with Netanyahu to discuss possible US-Israel defense treaty MORE.

“What you saw from Ayanna Pressley is what I think we have to see more from Democrats,” Seawright, who identifies himself as a center-left Democrat, told Hill.TV's Saagar Enjeti and Krystal Ball on "Rising."

“And that’s pushing back and punching back at the recklessness that comes out of this administration and some of Trump’s number one disciples,” he added.

Pressley tore into Conway on Tuesday for mocking a disagreement between she and House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiWords matter, except to Democrats, when it involves impeaching Trump Nadler: Impeachment inquiry a 'made-up term' but it's essentially 'what we are doing' Young insurgents aren't rushing to Kennedy's side in Markey fight MORE (D-Calif.) and other progressive Democrats about the border aid bill.

“Major Meow Mashup with @SpeakerPelosi brushing back anti-humanitarian border aid fresh-women @AOC @IlhanMN @AyannaPressley @RashidaTlaib,” Conway tweeted.

The freshman Democrat commented on the tweet, warning Conway to “keep my name out of your lying mouth.”

.@KellyannePolls oh hi Distraction Becky,” she wrote. “Remember that time your boss tore babies from their mothers’ arms and threw them in cages? Yeah take a seat and keep my name out of your lying mouth.”

The clash comes after Pelosi said Pressley and Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezSuper PAC head spars with CNN's Cuomo over Ocasio-Cortez ad Young insurgents aren't rushing to Kennedy's side in Markey fight Ocasio-Cortez endorses Markey in Senate race amid speculation over Kennedy candidacy MORE (D-N.Y.), Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarBill Maher, Michael Moore spar over Democrats' strategy for 2020 We must stand together against hatred GOP retreat creates WiFi password blasting socialism MORE (D-Minn.) and Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibBill Maher, Michael Moore spar over Democrats' strategy for 2020 Young insurgents aren't rushing to Kennedy's side in Markey fight We must stand together against hatred MORE (D-Mich.) "have their public whatever and their Twitter world" but "didn’t have any following."

"They’re four people and that’s how many votes they got," Pelosi said in an interview published over the weekend.

Pelosi scolded Democrats on Wednesday for taking shots at each other in public and called for more unity heading into the 2020 elections.

“You got a complaint? You come and talk to me about it. But do not tweet about our members and expect us to think that that is just OK,” Pelosi told Democrats in a closed-door caucus meeting Wednesday.

The dustup marked one of the biggest ruptures for Democrats in the lower chamber since seizing the House majority last fall.

Seawright downplayed party infighting, saying it’s a sign that Democrats are just undergoing some growing pains.

“No doubt in my mind that our caucus and our party is experiencing what I would define as growing pains and I think the world is seeing the display of the diversity in our Congress,” he said.

—Tess Bonn