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 PressleyBiden compares Trump to George Wallace Padma Lakshmi on Trump's handling of 'send her back' chant: 'It's Charlottesville 2.0' Trump defends response to rally chant: I did not 'lead people on' MORE (D-Mass.) for calling out Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Elizabeth ConwayFederal guidance identifying 'go back to where you came from' as discrimination goes viral after Trump comments Kellyanne Conway says she meant 'no disrespect' with question about reporter's ethnicity Kellyanne Conway asks reporter 'what's your ethnicity' while defending Trump's 'go back' comments about minority lawmakers MORE after the White House counselor took aim at Pressley for voting against a border aid bill backed by President TrumpDonald John TrumpUS-Saudi Arabia policy needs a dose of 'realpolitik' Trump talks to Swedish leader about rapper A$AP Rocky, offers to vouch for his bail Matt Gaetz ahead of Mueller hearing: 'We are going to reelect the president' 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 PelosiTrump telling aides to look at potential spending cuts if he wins reelection: report Budget talks between White House, Pelosi spill into weekend Trump says he won't watch Mueller testimony 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-CortezOcasio-Cortez tears into Trump's immigration agenda: 'It's about ethnicity and racism' George Takei: US has hit a new low under Trump #IStandWithErica trends after Georgia Democratic lawmaker says she was told to 'go back where you came from' MORE (D-N.Y.), Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarBiden compares Trump to George Wallace Padma Lakshmi on Trump's handling of 'send her back' chant: 'It's Charlottesville 2.0' Trump defends response to rally chant: I did not 'lead people on' MORE (D-Minn.) and Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibBiden compares Trump to George Wallace Padma Lakshmi on Trump's handling of 'send her back' chant: 'It's Charlottesville 2.0' Trump defends response to rally chant: I did not 'lead people on' 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