White House counselor Kellyanne Conway went after Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) — without actually naming her — during an interview on Fox News Tuesday for using what Conway called a “slur” against chief of staff John Kelly on Tuesday.
“(Kelly) is in his fifth decade of public service, and this country owes him a debt of gratitude not the nonsense that’s been spewed about him even recently, from the left and from this 29-year-old congresswoman who doesn’t seem to know much about anything when you ask her basic concepts about the economy, the Middle East, military funding, really embarrassing,” Conway said. “And for her to even use a slur against him yesterday — I won’t repeat her name or the slur. But let me stand up for Gen. John Kelly. He has done a magnificent job for this country for almost 50 years.”
Kellyanne bashes Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for calling John Kelly "cowardice": AOC "doesn't seem to know much about anything" pic.twitter.com/Fnhf89LQpR
— TPM Livewire (@TPMLiveWire) December 11, 2018
Ocasio-Cortez tweeted that Kelly still owes Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-FL) an apology for what he said about her after she exposed Trump’s harsh comments to a military widow whose husband was killed in an ambush in Niger. Kelly called Wilson an “empty barrel” and suggested she bragged about securing millions in funding for a new FBI field office in Miami at its opening. Video later surfaced that proved Wilson hadn’t actually made those comments. Kelly never apologized.
In the tweet, Ocasio-Cortez called Kelly’s actions “cowardice,” which is likely the “slur” that Conway referenced.
John Kelly was straight up exposed for lying about @RepWilson in comments aimed at discrediting her.
He absolutely owes her an apology, and his refusal to do so isn’t a sign of strength – it’s cowardice. https://t.co/BA40Hgofvk
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Ocasio2018) December 10, 2018