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

Kayleigh McEnany and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezProgressives won't oppose bill over limits on stimulus checks Bipartisan bill would ban lawmakers from buying, selling stocks The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - J&J vax rollout today; third woman accuses Cuomo 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 TlaibProgressives push White House to overturn wage ruling Six ways to visualize a divided America Jamaal Bowman's mother dies of COVID-19: 'I share her legacy with all of you' 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 SandersMcConnell makes failed bid to adjourn Senate after hours-long delay Senate holds longest vote in history as Democrats scramble to save relief bill Democrats break COVID-19 impasse with deal on jobless benefits 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 announces new tranche of endorsements DeSantis, Pence tied in 2024 Republican poll Lawmakers demand changes after National Guard troops at Capitol sickened from tainted food MORE and his allies have attempted to tie Ocasio-Cortez's position on police funding to presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenSenate holds longest vote in history as Democrats scramble to save relief bill Ex-Trump appointee arrested in Capitol riot complains he won't be able to sleep in jail Biden helps broker Senate deal on unemployment benefits MORE, whose campaign rejected the defunding efforts on Monday.