White House counselor Kellyanne Conway on Tuesday mocked the dispute over border spending between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and four female freshman Democratic lawmakers as a “major meow moment” and “huge catfight.”
The New York Post reports,
Conway gloated that Pelosi had put Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan — who call themselves “The Squad” — in their place after they opposed an emergency spending bill because they believed it did not go far enough to protect migrant children.
“Those four female Democrats that Nancy Pelosi is brushing back, I think they are all freshman members,” she said on Fox News.
“A major ‘meow moment’ — brushing back in a huge catfight, really ridiculing them — and they voted against the Democratic aid package.”
The spending bill that passed the House included $4.6 billion to ease the humanitarian crisis at the Mexican border.
Moderate House Democrats forced Pelosi to drop a tougher version and go with a bill that had easily passed the Senate in a bipartisan vote.
Pelosi then dissed the four, all outspoken liberals with big social media followings, during an interview published Sunday in the New York Times.
“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,” Pelosi said about the quartet.
Ocasio-Cortez fired back at Pelosi on Twitter later Sunday.
“That public ‘whatever’ is called public sentiment. And wielding the power to shift it is how we actually achieve meaningful change in this country,” she wrote.
Tlaib told ABC that she believed it was “very disappointing” that Pelosi “would ever try to diminish our voices in so many ways.”
Ocasio-Cortez and other Democrats made headlines last week when they visited overcrowded detention centers at the southern border and described what they said were inhumane conditions.
Conway on Tuesday mocked the tours as well.
“They preen around, going to these detention centers, going to these places and saying, ‘Oh my God, look what’s happening,’ and then they vote against $4.6 billion worth of aid including the Democratic package,” she said.
And she then posted a tweet that repeated the description of the intra-party beef along with a link to a Politico story about the spat.
“Major Meow Mashup with @SpeakerPelosi brushing back anti-humanitarian border aid fresh-women @AOC @IlhanMN @AyannaPressley @RashidaTlaib,” Conway wrote.
Ocasio-Cortez was not amused with Conway trying to exploit the in-house dispute with Pelosi.
“`Catfight’” is the sexist term Republicans use when two adult women happen to disagree with each other,” the congresswoman tweeted.
“Catfight” is the sexist term Republicans use when two adult women happen to disagree with each other.
The reason they find it so novel &exciting is bc the GOP haven’t elected enough women themselves to see that it can, in fact, be a normal occurrence in a functioning democracy. https://t.co/s6eMMmvzrd
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) July 9, 2019
Is it considered “catcalling” if we point out how stupid she sounds?
“Catfight” is only used by Republicans? That’s news to me.
— Anonymous Finch (@AnonymousFinch) July 9, 2019
*whispers* It was a woman who said that.
— Plàya Manhattan (@PlayaManhattan) July 9, 2019
Kellyanne Conway, a woman, accused of being sexist to women for using term “catfight” https://t.co/rxkfG4cJt3
— Brent Scher (@BrentScher) July 9, 2019
So Kelly Anne Conway is a sexist? Interesting
— JoeyMags (@josephmagazine1) July 9, 2019
Not sure where you got the idea that “carfight” is a Republican term. Not everything is political nor must be politicized. Give it a rest.
— Gary Sailors (@garysailors) July 9, 2019
Calm down. https://t.co/2IO5qjDEc7
— [shrug emoji] (@jtLOL) July 9, 2019
Anti-‘catfight’ crusader AOC fights the ‘patriarchy’ by not understanding things (and practicing some sexism of her own) https://t.co/wqvNjOOVo2
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) July 9, 2019