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Ocasio-Cortez blasts Conway for ‘huge catfight’ comment

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) took aim at White House counselor Kellyanne Conway on Tuesday for describing the back-and-forth between the freshman representative and Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) as a “catfight.”

“‘Catfight’ is the sexist term Republicans use when two adult women happen to disagree with each other,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted, linking to New York Post coverage of Conway’s remark.

{mosads}”The reason they find it so novel &exciting is bc the GOP haven’t elected enough women themselves to see that it can, in fact, be a normal occurrence in a functioning democracy,” she added.

Conway made the comment after Pelosi said Ocasio-Cortez and three other freshmen from the caucus’s progressive wing, the only members to vote against a border aid bill backed by House Democrats, “didn’t have any following.”

“All these people have their public whatever and their Twitter world,” Pelosi told The New York Times’s Maureen Dowd “But they didn’t have any following. They’re four people and that’s how many votes they got.”

Ocasio-Cortez responded by tweeting, “That public ‘whatever’ is called public sentiment. And wielding the power to shift it is how we actually achieve meaningful change in this country.”

The New York representative previously said her response was not meant to be insulting to Pelosi, tweeting “Having respect for ourselves doesn’t mean we lack respect for her. It means we won’t let everyday people be dismissed.”

Ocasio-Cortez was joined in voting against the bill by Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.)

Tags Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Ayanna Pressley Donald Trump Ilhan Omar Kellyanne Conway Nancy Pelosi Rashida Tlaib

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