McEnany, Ocasio-Cortez tangle over 'Biden adviser' label

Kayleigh McEnany and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOcasio-Cortez goes indoor skydiving for her birthday Democrats fret as longshot candidates pull money, attention More than 200 women, transgender inmates to be transferred from Rikers Island MORE sparred over social media Monday after the White House press secretary referred to the New York Democrat as a "Biden adviser."

"The fact that you have sitting congresswomen wanting to defund the police ... it is extraordinary," McEnany said at a White House press briefing, mentioning Rep. Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibIlhan Omar to Biden: 'Deliver on your promise to cancel student debt' Who's the boss? Pelosi's legacy sealed after kowtowing to 'the Squad' Democratic civil war hits new heights MORE (D-Mich.) and Ocasio-Cortez by name.

In doing so, McEnany referred to Ocasio-Cortez as a "Biden adviser."


Ocasio-Cortez, who supported Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSanders, Manchin escalate fight over .5T spending bill Sanders blames media for Americans not knowing details of Biden spending plan Briahna Joy Gray: Proposals favored by Black voters 'first at the chopping block' in spending talks MORE (I-Vt.) during the Democratic primary and was named co-chairwoman of a Biden task force on climate change last month, criticized McEnany on Twitter for using that descriptor instead of her congressional title.

"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 tweeted to her more than 8 million followers. "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 responded, also on Twitter, with a transcript of Monday's press briefing in which she mentioned "Democratic congresswomen" before rattling off a list that included Ocasio-Cortez.

"Read the transcript, Congresswoman," McEnany tweeted.

The back-and-forth comes after Ocasio-Cortez and a handful of other Democratic lawmakers lent their support to the "defund the police" movement. President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump criticizes Justice for restoring McCabe's benefits Biden: Those who defy Jan. 6 subpoenas should be prosecuted Hillicon Valley — Presented by LookingGlass — Hackers are making big money MORE and his allies have attempted to tie Ocasio-Cortez's position on police funding to presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenJill Biden campaigns for McAuliffe in Virginia Fill the Eastern District of Virginia  Biden: Those who defy Jan. 6 subpoenas should be prosecuted MORE, whose campaign rejected the defunding efforts on Monday.