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.
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
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.