Tuesday Rep. Ayanna Pressley jumped into a public feud between White House counselor Kellyanne Conway and the Democrats who voted against the emergency funding for the border in the House of Representatives. Pressley didn’t just dive into the pool, she did a cannonball.
Kellyanne, like many of us, is clearly enjoying the bickering going on between Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the “squad”, the four female freshmen making her control over House members difficult. The squad members are AOC, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Talib, and Ayanna Pressley. All of the women are far-left ideologues and any encouragement for using common sense is lost on them, as Pelosi is finding out. All four voted against the Trump administration’s request for $4.6 billion in emergency funding to help alleviate some of the humanitarian crisis on the southern border. Pelosi tried to brush their opposition off over the weekend as only four votes. Hey, no big deal, she implied. “They’re four people and that’s how many votes they got.” I’m still in control here.
Pelosi’s dismissal of the squad’s impact in Congress was not taken well by any of the women.
Congress had approved the bill with help from moderate Democrats – and in a New York Times interview Pelosi slammed the progressive wing of her party for not also supporting the humanitarian-assistance measure.
“All these people have their public whatever and their Twitter world,” Pelosi said. “But they didn’t have any following. They’re four people and that’s how many votes they got.”
But Ocasio-Cortez took a different view.
“That public ‘whatever’ is called public sentiment,” Ocasio-Cortez answered later in a Twitter message. “And wielding the power to shift it is how we actually achieve meaningful change in this country.”
Monday Pressley gave an interview to a Boston NPR affiliate and explained why she voted no to the emergency funding.
In an interview with the Boston NPR affiliate WGBH that aired on Monday, Pressley said she voted to oppose the measure over what she felt was a lack of accountability for the Border Patrol.
“I sat at the table and worked to improve that House bill to get in protections that were not there around health standards, and to offer some metrics of transparency and accountability,” she said.
Tuesday Kellyanne Conway was interviewed on Fox and Friends and referenced the cat fight – she called it a “major meow moment”.
Tuesday morning, Conway said that Pelosi was brushing back at the four freshman Democratic lawmakers.
“A major meow moment — brushing back in a huge catfight, really ridiculing them — and they voted against the Democratic aid package,” Conway said in an interview with Fox News.
And she tweeted out her opinion for good measure.
— Kellyanne Conway (@KellyannePolls) July 9, 2019
Rep. Pressley demanded that Kellyanne keep her name out of Kellyanne’s “lying mouth” but she began the tweet by addressing Kellyanne as “Distraction Becky”. Yikes!
.@KellyannePolls oh hi Distraction Becky. Remember that time your boss tore babies from their mothers’ arms and threw them in cages? Yeah take a seat and keep my name out of your lying mouth. https://t.co/dS8saIssX8
— Ayanna Pressley (@AyannaPressley) July 9, 2019
Becky is used in urban slang to reference a white woman who is, um, familiar with sex acts.
The cultural references date to William Makepeace Thackeray’s satirical novel Vanity Fair published around 1847. The protagonist, Becky Sharp, is a social climber who utilizes one of the resources at her disposal — her charm and ability to seduce wealthy men — to move up the social ladder. It’s a classic picaresque novel in which a character of low class lives on her wits in a corrupt society. In this case, her wits involve identifying men who stand to gain massive inheritances and convincing them to marry her in secret. She also has few female friends, and the ones she does have she tends to screw over.
There is also Becky Thatcher who seduced Tom Sawyer, and Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca, for other literary references. The word has been used in rap songs and in television dialogue, as in the show Empire. Super star singer Beyonce used the reference in her Lemonade album. You get the picture. So, imagine how quickly my eyebrows shot up when I saw a tweet from a black congresswoman using the same racial reference to a white woman working at the right hand of the President of the United States. Distraction Becky?
Are we not to notice a racial tone in Pressley’s response to Conway? The congresswoman knew exactly what she was saying and that is why she said it. Her words were meant to deliver a punch. Mind you, it is all over Kellyanne referencing a cat fight in a clever way during an interview and correctly mentioning the women with whom Pelosi is quarreling. What if a white congresswoman used an obvious racial tone in her response to a Democrat woman? Oh, never mind.
I’ll end with two inane nuggets from Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez. She thinks “cat fight” is a sexist term used only by Republicans. Because, of course. Bless her heart.
“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
AOC also warns Kellyanne about tangling with Pressley. I’m pretty sure Kellyanne can handle it. She’s the first woman to manage a winning presidential campaign, you know. Pressley’s “fire” is “righteous”.
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. https://t.co/7LDphWno2J
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) July 10, 2019