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

Kayleigh McEnany and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezEvery day should be Earth Day Liberal advocacy group stirs debate, discomfort with primary challenges Progressives divided over efforts to repeal SALT cap 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 TlaibHouse rejects GOP resolution to censure Waters Can policing be reformed? GOP believes Democrats handing them winning 2022 campaign 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 SandersPelosi pushes for drug pricing measure amid uncertainty from White House White House sees GOP proposal as legitimate starting point The Memo: Washington's fake debate on 'bipartisanship' 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: LeBron James's 'racist rants' are divisive, nasty North Carolina man accused of fraudulently obtaining .5M in PPP loans Biden announces picks to lead oceans, lands agencies MORE and his allies have attempted to tie Ocasio-Cortez's position on police funding to presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden announces picks to lead oceans, lands agencies Overnight Defense: Top general concerned about Afghan forces after US troops leave | Pentagon chief: Climate crisis 'existential' threat to US national security | Army conducts review after 4 Black soldiers harassed at Virginia IHOP Feds expect to charge scores more in connection to Capitol riot MORE, whose campaign rejected the defunding efforts on Monday.