On Tuesday, Rep. Ayanna Pressley ripped into Kellyanne Conway on Twitter after Conway mocked the tension between freshman Democrats and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
Pelosi has been arguing with Pressley, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, and Ilhan Omar, who all recently voted against an immigration bill that gives billions to Border Patrol and Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Both agencies are under fire for the horrendous conditions at migrant detention centers.
Conway called the heated disagreement between Pelosi and the four female congresswomen a “major meow moment” and a “huge catfight.”
“Major Meow Mashup with [House Speaker Nancy Pelosi] brushing back anti-humanitarian border aid fresh-women [Democratic Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley, and Rashida Tlaib],” Conway said on Twitter.
Pressley quickly came back with “Oh, hi Distraction Becky. Remember that time your boss tore babies from their mothers’ arms and threw them in cages?” Pressley tweeted at Conway.
“Yeah take a seat and keep my name out of your lying mouth,” Pressley added.
It did not take long for “Distraction Becky” to top Twitter’s trending list.
Conway’s tweet included a link to a New York Times interview between columnist Maureen Dowd and Pelosi. During that interview, Pelosi slammed the four women saying “All these people have their public whatever and their Twitter world. But they didn’t have any following. They’re four people and that’s how many votes they got.”
According to the Huffington Post, “ninety-five House Democrats voted against the bill, which increased funding to deal with conditions at the border but lacked humanitarian guarantees for detained migrants, especially children. Pelosi chose not to amend the bill sent over from the Senate.”
AOC hit back at Pelosi on Twitter, saying the “public whatever is called the public sentiment.”
AOC also tweeted to Conway stating, “‘Catfight’ is the sexist term Republicans use when two adult women happen to disagree with each other,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted. “The reason they find it so novel [and] exciting is [because] the GOP haven’t elected enough women themselves to see that it can, in fact, be a normal occurrence in a functioning democracy.”
AOC also responded to Pressley’s tweet with “Trust me when I say you don’t want to get caught in @AyannaPressley’s righteous fire. Kellyanne is way over her head defending caging children & families in conditions that have killed almost 30 people on her admin’s watch. She may play games with people’s lives, but we don’t.”
Tlaib said that it’s “very disappointing” that Pelosi “would ever try to diminish our voices in so many ways.” Omar tweeted, “Sorry not sorry.”
“Do not dismiss [Ocasio-Cortez ] for casting lonely votes,” Democratic Rep. Ro Khanna of California tweeted, adding that he was “glad the body has voices of moral dissent.”
“History proves that dissent provokes reflection & change,” Khanna tweeted.