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

House Republican Conference Chairwoman Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneyThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump trial begins with clashes, concessions Cheney's decision not to run for Senate sparks Speaker chatter Hillicon Valley — Presented by Philip Morris International — Apple reportedly dropped plans to let iPhone users encrypt backups | Justices decline facial recognition case | Critics fear Facebook losing misinformation fight | Truce on French tech tax MORE (R-Wyo.) accused Rep. Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyThe Hill's Morning Report — Dems detail case to remove Trump for abuse of power Pressley says she 'would welcome the opportunity' to educate DeVos after abortion, slavery comparison Massachusetts governor apologizes after calling Pressley speech a 'rant' 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-CortezDes Moines Register endorses Elizabeth Warren as Democratic presidential nominee Sanders faces lingering questions about appeal to women voters Moore defends Sanders's reputation: 'We don't want the fake, and the phony and the fraudulent' MORE (D-N.Y.), and more senior members of the House Democratic Caucus led by Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiClinton says Zuckerberg has 'authoritarian' views on misinformation Trump defense team signals focus on Schiff Trump legal team offers brisk opening defense of president 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 TrumpKaine: Obama called Trump a 'fascist' during 2016 campaign Kaine: GOP senators should 'at least' treat Trump trial with seriousness of traffic court Louise Linton, wife of Mnuchin, deletes Instagram post in support of Greta Thunberg MORE over the weekend telling them to "go back" to their home countries.