Kellyanne Conway Became ‘Distraction Becky’ With One Epic Tweet From Rep. Ayanna Pressley
Pressley tells Conway to "take a seat and keep my name out of your lying mouth."
Rep. Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts did not take comments from White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway lightly, responding in a Twitter clapback Tuesday.
Conway used her platform to comment on online squabs between Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and freshman Representatives Pressley, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar.
“All these people have their public whatever and their Twitter world,” Pelosi said to The New York Times. “But they didn’t have any following. They’re four people, and that’s how many votes they got.”
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The criticism came after the four refused to back a bill put forward by Pelosi that would grant the Trump administration funds in order to deal with the humanitarian issues brought to national attention at detention centers at the southern border.
Following the initial back and forth, Conway came out to comment on the dustup via Twitter, comparing the disagreement to a catfight.
“Major Meow Mashup with @SpeakerPelosi brushing back anti-humanitarian border aid fresh-women @AOC @IlhanMN @AyannaPressley @RashidaTlaib,” Conway said in the tweet.
Major Meow🐱 Mashup with @SpeakerPelosi brushing back anti-humanitarian border aid fresh-women @AOC @IlhanMN @AyannaPressley @RashidaTlaib https://t.co/IfO5sL78As https://t.co/DuYHeuWByu— Kellyanne Conway (@KellyannePolls) July 9, 2019'
Conway's comments drew the ire of Pressley, who not only quoted the White House counselor but also wound up in the replies to the Conway tweet. In the retweet, Pressley planted a new nickname on Conway, referring to the counselor who coined the term "alternative facts" as "Distraction Becky."
@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'
"Oh hi Distraction Becky,” Pressley said in a tweet. “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.”
In addition to her clapback, Pressley gave reason for her refusal to support the legislation that would ultimately provide stronger protection and better care for migrant children in overcrowded border shelters.
"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 in an interview with the Boston NPR affiliate WGBH that aired on Monday. Despite her desire to create a better situation for those in detention centers, Pressley said she ultimately voted against the bill because of a lack of accountability for Border Control.
Pressley's tweet has since gotten over 125,000 likes and made "Distraction Becky" trend on Twitter. Maybe Conway will think twice the next time she wants to comment on someone else's political moves.