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 PressleyPressley hits DeVos over reopening schools: 'I wouldn't trust you to care for a house plant let alone my child' The Hill's Campaign Report: Colorado, Utah primary results bring upsets, intrigue Progressives zero in on another House chairman in primary MORE (D-Mass.) for calling out Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Elizabeth ConwaySources say DeSantis undercutting fundraising for Republican National Convention because of personal dispute: report Democrats see victory in Trump culture war Kellyanne Conway on Trump niece's book: 'I believe family matters should be family matters' MORE after the White House counselor took aim at Pressley for voting against a border aid bill backed by President TrumpDonald John TrumpDavis: Supreme Court decision is bad news for Trump, good news for Vance Meadows trying to root out suspected White House leakers by feeding them info: Axios Pressley hits DeVos over reopening schools: 'I wouldn't trust you to care for a house plant let alone my child' 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 PelosiBattle over reopening schools heats up Pelosi: Trump wearing a mask is 'an admission' that it can stop spread of coronavirus Sunday shows - Spotlight shifts to reopening schools 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-CortezIn politics, as in baseball, it ain't over till it's over Goya CEO dismisses critics for praise of Trump: 'I'm not apologizing' Trump tweets his support for Goya Foods amid boycott MORE (D-N.Y.), Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarTucker Carlson ratchets up criticism of Duckworth, calls her a 'coward' The Hill's Campaign Report: Colorado, Utah primary results bring upsets, intrigue Progressive lawmakers call for conditions on Israel aid MORE (D-Minn.) and Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibDemocrats see victory in Trump culture war The Hill's Campaign Report: Colorado, Utah primary results bring upsets, intrigue Progressive lawmakers call for conditions on Israel aid 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