Liz Cheney calls Ayanna Pressley's comments at Netroots Nation 'racist'

House Republican Conference Chairwoman Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneyHouse Republicans 'demand the release of the rules' on impeachment Republicans seek to delay effort to censure Schiff after Cummings' death House Foreign Affairs leaders introduce Turkey sanctions bill MORE (R-Wyo.) accused Rep. Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyOcasio-Cortez mourns Cummings: 'A devastating loss for our country' Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle mourn Cummings Omar endorses Sanders presidential bid MORE (D-Mass.) on Tuesday of making "racist" remarks at a weekend event.

Speaking about Pressley's statement at Netroots Nation that the Democratic Party did not need "any more black faces that don’t want to be a black voice," Cheney argued it was "racist" to say that one's voice is "only legitimate" if the person "espouses some preapproved set of beliefs."

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"Our colleagues are wrong when they tell Americans, as Congresswoman Pressley did just last weekend, that any individual seat at the table is only valuable, only legitimate if that person espouses some preapproved set of beliefs deemed appropriate based on their religion or their gender or their race," Cheney told reporters.

"When they say that, that is racist," she continued.

“Congresswoman Pressley strongly believes that representation matters," her office responded in an email to The Hill.

"She has frequently stated that a diversity in thought and opinion leads to more innovative and enduring solutions. Without black voices or queer voices or Muslim voices or survivor voices or the like, we cannot achieve diversity in policy," added spokesperson Kalina Francis.

Pressley told the audience at the left-leaning Netroots Nation conference on Saturday that she was not interested in bringing "a chair to an old table," meaning that "diversity at the table doesn’t matter if there’s not real diversity in policy," according to a spokeswoman.

“This is the time to shake that table. ... We don’t need any more brown faces that don’t want to be a brown voice,” the freshman congresswoman said Saturday. “We don’t need any more black faces that don’t want to be a black voice.”

Pressley's comments followed a week of back-and-forth in the press and on social media between several freshman House Democrats, including Pressley and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezHillicon Valley: GOP lawmakers offer election security measure | FTC Dem worries government is 'captured' by Big Tech | Lawmakers condemn Apple over Hong Kong censorship Sanders seeks spark from Ocasio-Cortez at Queens rally Biden endorsed by former Connecticut senator, 51 Massachusetts leaders MORE (D-N.Y.), and more senior members of the House Democratic Caucus led by Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiCummings to lie in state at the Capitol House Republicans 'demand the release of the rules' on impeachment Overnight Health Care — Presented by National Taxpayers Union —Dem wants more changes to Pelosi drug pricing bill | Ebola outbreak wanes, but funding lags | Johnson & Johnson recalls batch of baby powder after asbestos traces found MORE (D-Calif.).

Pressley was also one of the four freshman Democratic women of color who were the subject of a series of tweets from President TrumpDonald John TrumpFlorida GOP lawmaker says he's 'thinking' about impeachment Democrats introduce 'THUG Act' to block funding for G-7 at Trump resort Kurdish group PKK pens open letter rebuking Trump's comparison to ISIS MORE over the weekend telling them to "go back" to their home countries.