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

House Republican Conference Chairwoman Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneyPressure grows from GOP for Trump to recognize Biden election win Trump: Liz Cheney's election remarks sparked by push to bring US troops home Biden's lead over Trump surpasses 6M votes as more ballots are tallied MORE (R-Wyo.) accused Rep. Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyGOP congresswoman-elect wants to form Republican 'Squad' called 'The Force' Pelosi faces caucus divisions in Biden era Record number of Black women elected to Congress in 2020 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-CortezClub for Growth to launch ad blitz in Georgia to juice GOP turnout Trump will soon be out of office — but polarization isn't going anywhere Trump tweets Thanksgiving criticism of NFL QBs for kneeling MORE (D-N.Y.), and more senior members of the House Democratic Caucus led by Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiClub for Growth to launch ad blitz in Georgia to juice GOP turnout Governors take heat for violating their own coronavirus restrictions Spending deal clears obstacle in shutdown fight 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 TrumpPennsylvania Supreme Court strikes down GOP bid to stop election certification Biden looks to career officials to restore trust, morale in government agencies Sunday shows preview: US health officials brace for post-holiday COVID-19 surge MORE over the weekend telling them to "go back" to their home countries.