During Monday’s White House briefing, Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany told the reporters that the president is “appalled” by the “defund the police movement”, and noted there are “sitting congresswomen”, who are also in favor of defunding the police.
After the presser, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) accused the press secretary of “stripping” the congresswoman’s title at the briefing, but McEnany instantly fact-checked AOC.
“The fact that you have sitting congresswomen wanting to defend the police– notably Rashida Tlaib; notably Biden advisor AOC Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez; former Clinton and Eric Holder spokesperson Brian Fallon wanting to defund our police across this country– it is extraordinary,” Kayleigh McEnany expressed.
“And when you think the left has gone far and couldn’t possibly go farther, because we all remember the defund ICE movement, they wanted to defund immigration and custom enforcement, and now they want to defund the police? This is extraordinary. This is rolling back the protective layers that protect Americans in their homes and their places of business. He’s appalled by it, and it’s remarkable coming from today’s Democrat Party,” the press secretary said.
Jake Sherman, a senior writer for Politco, tweeted after the White House briefing, “@PressSec
from the podium: ‘Biden adviser Alexandria Ocasio Cortez.’ cc @AOC”.
Rep. Ocasio-Cortez then retweeted Sherman’s post and accused McEnany of “stripping” her title at the White House press briefing. Continued Below
AOC tweeted: “@PressSec wouldn’t be the first person to mistake a women of color for having a lower position or title than she does, but Kayleigh – in case you haven’t picked up a newspaper in two years, I’m a Congresswoman.”
“The @PressSec comment is steeped in a long, hurtful, & horrendous history of stripping women of color of titles and diminishing them to ‘the help.’ Perhaps she isn’t aware that what she did is mired in racist history. If that is the case, I look forward to her apology tomorrow,” Rep. Ocasio-Cortez added.
The White House press secretary instantly fact-checked the New York Congresswoman on Twitter, saying: “Read the transcript, Congresswoman @AOC”, and included a readout of her statement. Video Below
White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany’s official remarks:
Democrats want to DEFUND, DISMANTLE, & DISSOLVE America's police.
— Kayleigh McEnany (@PressSec) June 9, 2020
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s tweet:
The @PressSec comment is steeped in a long, hurtful, & horrendous history of stripping women of color of titles and diminishing them to “the help.”
Perhaps she isn’t aware that what she did is mired in racist history. If that is the case, I look forward to her apology tomorrow.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) June 8, 2020
Kayleigh McEnany fact-checks AOC:
— Kayleigh McEnany (@PressSec) June 8, 2020
Here are a few examples in which Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany was referring to:
Defund the police
— Brian Fallon (@brianefallon) June 4, 2020
The officer who murdered George Floyd was shielded by his colleagues even while he begged to breathe.
This trend IS NOT coincidence. This problem IS systemic.
We must dismantle the systems of policing & arrests. We must invest in Black communities. https://t.co/s14DdWWYVb
— Rashida Tlaib (@RashidaTlaib) June 6, 2020
As protesters demand police reform, a proposal is gaining steam: reducing the #NYPD’s budget.
— Spectrum News NY1 (@NY1) June 6, 2020
The Minneapolis Police Department has proven themselves beyond reform.
It’s time to disband them and reimagine public safety in Minneapolis.
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) June 5, 2020