‘Really Embarrassing’: Kellyanne Conway Unloads on Ocasio-Cortez for Claiming John Kelly Was a Coward

Counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway had some harsh words for Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) after she accused White House chief of staff John Kelly of “cowardice.”

As IJR previously reported, Ocasio-Cortez slammed the four-star general for failing to apologize to Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.) for a long-standing feud between the two political figures.

Many questioned Ocasio-Cortez’s word choice, but Conway outdid them all. She slammed the future congresswoman without even saying her name.

Watch the video below:

“[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. And for her to even use a slur against him yesterday, and I won’t repeat her name or the slur, but let me stand up for Gen. John Kelly. He’s done a magnificent job for this country for almost 50 years.”

Conway made several references to infamous blunders Ocasio-Cortez has made on her understanding of the economy, the Middle East, and military funding:

  • The restaurant Ocasio-Cortez worked at had to close after new minimum wage regulations drove up operating costs.
  • She revealed that she didn’t quite understand the conflict between Israel and its neighbors in the Middle East, though she jumped to call its existence an “occupation.”
  • She claimed that Medicare-for-all could be paid for using the Pentagon’s accounting errors.

As Conway noted, Kelly is a four-star military general and a Gold Star parent. His son was killed in Afghanistan. After his military career ended, he served as the homeland security secretary and, of course, White House chief of staff.

Kelly announced that he would be leaving the White House in January. The hunt to find his replacement has begun, but the choice has yet to be made public.

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Regarding AOC, the term “snot nosed brat” comes to mind…

Alison Williams

This little twit, AOC, is racking up quite a few ignorant comments in record time! She has surpassed the “dumb blonde” stereotype!

Patricia Copenhaver

John Kelly may be a decorated general but he is also a misogynist and a coward for not apologizing to Rep. Wilson. He is long overdue.

Pat Warnock

Can’t anyone shut Red Alexandria up – pity her poor constituents in the Bronx – represented by an idiot

John Gagliano Jr

This woman is horrible. I couldn’t finish the whole clip.


Thanks to AOC I now believe in reincarnation though I don’t know how Pelosi pulled that off before her death.


Kelly should absolutely apologize, right after AOC does so for threatening Donald Trump, Jr. with a subpoena for tweeting about you.

You haven’t even been sworn-in and have already violated House Ethics. Abusing the power of your GOVERNMENT office to bully someone exercising his 1st Amendment rights is also unconstitutional.

Consider that when the oath of office is administered.

Rocky Drummond

Madison: your own linked article points out that a higher minimum wage was not the sole reason for closing the restaurant where AOC worked. Independent restaurants tend to have a short lifespan anyway and the owner admitted that “changes over the years” were a factor. He didn’t specifically blame wages.

The average wage for a McDonald’s employee in Denmark was $21UD, last year and the cost of a BigMac is a bit higher, but McDonald’s didn’t leave the country because of wages.





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