Conway says Ocasio-Cortez is '29-year-old who doesn't seem to know much about anything'

White House counselor Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Elizabeth ConwayThe Memo: Economic disaster poses danger for Trump Juan Williams: Biden's promises on women are a big deal Overnight Health Care: Senate passes coronavirus aid bill, sending it to Trump | First lawmaker tests positive for coronavirus | Trump invokes defense law to boost response | Lawmakers push for surprise medical bill fix in package MORE mocked Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOvernight Energy: Court upholds Trump repeal of Obama fracking rule | Oil price drop threatens fracking boom | EPA eases rules on gasoline sales amid coronavirus Ocasio-Cortez blasts coronavirus stimulus package as 'shameful' on House floor Oil price drop threatens US fracking boom MORE (D-N.Y) during an appearance on Fox News on Tuesday, calling her a "29-year-old congresswoman who doesn't seem to know much about anything."

Conway's criticism came during an interview on "America's Newsroom" about possible successors to White House chief of staff John KellyJohn Francis KellyMORE. Conway criticized Ocasio-Cortez for describing Kelly as a liar.

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"[Kelly] is in his fifth decade of public service, and this country owes him a debt of gratitude, not the nonsense that has been spewed about him recently from the left, and from this 29-year-old congresswoman who doesn't seem to know much about anything when you ask her basic concepts about the economy, or the Middle East, or military funding," Conway told anchor Bill Hemmer.

"[It's] really embarrassing. And for her to even use a slur against him yesterday — I won’t repeat her name or the slur," Conway said.

"Let me stand up for Gen. John Kelly. He has done a magnificent job for this country for almost 50 years, including here at the White House as our chief of staff for about a year and a half."

Ocasio-Cortez in a Sunday tweet accused Kelly of having been "straight up exposed for lying" about Rep. Frederica WilsonFrederica Patricia WilsonBiden rise calms Democratic jitters Democrats tear into Trump's speech: It was a 'MAGA rally' Clinton advises checking your voter registration during Trump's State of the Union MORE (D-Fla.), who the congresswoman-elect said was owed an apology.

Kelly referred to Wilson in October last year as an “empty barrel” and charged she had boasted about securing funding for a new FBI field office in her Miami-area district during its opening ceremony. No video evidence could be found of Wilson making the claim.

"John Kelly was straight up exposed for lying about @RepWilson in comments aimed at discrediting her," Ocasio-Cortez wrote to her 1.55 million followers on Twitter. "He absolutely owes her an apology, and his refusal to do so isn’t a sign of strength — it’s cowardice."

 

Ocasio-Cortez has quickly become a force in Washington, where she has used her social media account to win attention for her causes and her allies. She will formally take office in January. 

CORRECTION: An initial version of this story misquoted Conway. It has been corrected.