U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez called out White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany for not being ‘the first person to mistake a woman of color for having a lower position than she does.’
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, 30, aka AOC, doesn’t let someone mistake her position as a U.S. Representative for something else without calling them out and she proved it in her latest tweets. The politician, who is Puerto Rican, was responding to a tweet that mentioned White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany, 32, incorrectly calling her “Biden advisor”, during a press briefing on June 8 and she didn’t hesitate to bring up how the difficulties of being “a person of color” may have something to do with it.
“The @PressSec comment is steeped in a long, hurtful, & horrendous history of stripping women of color of titles and diminishing them to ‘the help’, she wrote. “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.”
McEnany was talking about AOC’s desire to “defund the police” in the midst of the Black Lives Matter movement protests when she called her an “advisor” to Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, 77, in the briefing, and admitted that although President Donald Trump, 73, feels that black lives matter, he doesn’t agree with defunding. “The fact that you have sitting congresswomen wanting to defund the police… notably Biden advisor AOC, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez… it is extraordinary,” McEnany said.
Before McEnany called AOC “advisor” she did refer to her as “a sitting congresswoman” in the same sentence, so it’s not clear whether or not she intentionally referred to her with both titles or made a mistake, but the memorable moment definitely sheds light on the struggles people of color have been trying to stop. Since the tragic death of African American man George Floyd, at the hands of police officer Derek Chauvin on May 25, thousands of people worldwide have been taking to the streets to protest and seek justice for Floyd and people of color everywhere. AOC has been using her platform to share videos and more showcasing police brutality, including officers using rubber bullets, tear gas, and pepper spray to try and control the crowds of protesters during the demonstrations.