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AOC Shutting Down Kellyanne Conway For Accusing Her Of ‘Catfighting’ Is What I’m Thriving On Right Now

The House of Congress is sure looking like an episode of “Jerry Springer” lately — and surprisingly enough it’s all coming from the Democratic side. We’re used to political drama from the White House Administration, primarily from President Trump, but now it’s coming from the female Dems, and it sure doesn’t make the party look good. 

Here’s how this mess first began. 

On July 6, Democratic speaker of the United States House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, had some fighting words for women in her own party. 

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Rep. Pelosi interviewed in the opinion section of the New York Times, spoke at length about first-time representatives that were elected last year in the primaries including Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rep. Ilhan Omar, Rep. Rashida Tlaib and Rep. Ayanna Pressley. At the core of the matter was that Rep. Pelosi disrespected the freshmen representatives, primarily about their massive following on social media. 

“All these people have their public whatever and their Twitter world,” Rep. Pelosi said in the publication. “But they didn’t have any following. They’re four people, and that’s how many votes they got.”

Her issue over their growing Twitter followers is that followers don’t constitute more votes in the House, meaning, just because they might have millions of people following them on social media, doesn’t mean they get more votes when deciding on a bill. 

The bill that struck a divide between Rep. Pelosi and the freshmen representatives was about federal aid funding.

Last month, Congress passed a $4.6 billion humanitarian aid package — the final vote was 305 to 102 — several liberal Democrats (including the entire Hispanic Caucus) were furious that they voted to give Trump any money that he could use for whatever he wanted including border security and detention centers. The liberal Democrats want to shut them down completely, not help sustain them. 

“This bill — opposed by the Hispanic Caucus and nearly 100 Democratic members of the House — will not stop the Trump administration’s chaos and cruelty,” the Hispanic Caucus said in a statement provided by the Times. “What happened today is unacceptable, and we will not forget this betrayal.”

That betrayal is still intense between liberal Democrats and Rep. Pelosi and now White House Advisor, KellyAnne Conway is getting in on the action by poking fun at the infighting between the women.

Conway called the turbulence between Rep. Pelosi and the four freshmen Democrats a “catfight.”

During an interview on Fox News, Conway said that Rep. Pelosi’s words in the Times article were a “Major meow moment.” She added that Rep. Pelosi is a “brushing back in a huge catfight,” and “Really ridiculing them.” 

She also added that the liberal Democrats went to the detention centers to “preen around” yet would not vote for a bill to help the situation. 

“You know who suffered?” she asked on Fox News. “The people suffered, our brave men and women at Border Protection, the kids who these Democrats pretend they care so much about.”

Rep. Ocasio-Cortez took Rep. Pelosi’s comment to heart and said on social media that the veteran politician is singling them in a very disrespectful way.

Rep. Ocasio-Cortez said Rep. Pelosi’s words about their Twitter followers is not irrelevant but actual public opinion. 

“That public ‘whatever’ is called public sentiment,” Rep. Ocasio-Cortez said. “And wielding the power to shift it is how we actually achieve meaningful change in this country.”

Rep. Tlaib also spoke against Rep. Pelosi’s words and said to ABC News that it was “very disappointing” that the leader of their party “would ever try to diminish our voices in so many ways.”

In an interview with The Washington Post, Rep. Ocasio-Cortez went further and alleged that Rep. Pelosi didn’t respect them because they are women of color. 

“When these comments first started, I kind of thought that she was keeping the progressive flank at more of an arm’s distance in order to protect more moderate members, which I understood,” said said. “But the persistent singling out. . . It got to a point where it was just outright disrespectful. . . the explicit singling out of newly elected women of color.”

Rep. Ocasio-Cortez, alleging discrimination by Rep. Pelosi, fueled the fire to this intense feud between tho women, and Rep. Pelosi said her comment was offensive. 

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“Our members took offense at that,” Rep. Pelosi said, according to Fox News. “I addressed that.” She also added that she would continue to have a dialogue about this issue appropriately. 

“I said what I’m going to say in the Caucus. That’s where this is appropriate,” Pelosi said, according to CBS News, “I’m not going to be discussing it any further.”

It is disheartening to hear Rep. Pelosi being so dismissive of the point of view of women who are not only elected officials just as she is but who has also just entered the political forum. You would think she’d be more of a mentor, especially since they’re on the same party. 

For the most part, since Trump’s election, it’s always been the Democrats versus the Republicans, but now it’s becoming a chaotic mess, and we’re hoping — for the sake of unity — that it gets sorted out soon. 

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Response To GOP House Candidate’s ‘Dumb Blonde’ Joke Will Leave You Breathless

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Response To GOP House Candidate’s ‘Dumb Blonde’ Joke Will Leave You Breathless

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Dumb blonde jokes. They’re overwrought, trite, and pretty outdated. So it’s no surprise that one that came straight from the mouth of a GOP House candidate and directed at Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez didn’t go over so well.

GOP House candidate Marjorie Taylor Greene attempted a joke at Ocasio-Cortez’s expense on Twitter Monday and it failed miserably.

Greene, whose Georgia campaign is being supported by Donald Trump, attempted to hit at AOC’s intelligence on Monday in a tweet.

“As a blonde woman, I would like to take a moment to thank Congresswoman @AOC. She has single handily [sic] put an end to all ‘dumb blonde’ jokes. Blondes everywhere appreciate your service and your sacrifice!” Greene tweeted.

In response, Ocasio-Cortez retweeted Greene, writing, “Don’t worry Mrs. Greene, I completely understand why you need to swing + miss at my intellect to make yourself feel better. You seem to have some trouble spelling your own insults correctly. Next time try ‘single-handedly,’ it’ll work better.”

She signed off her tweet writing “Good luck writing legislation!”

It’s not the first time Greene has come for AOC and failed.

Greene attempted and failed to get under AOC’s skin earlier this month.

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In September, the candidate shared a photo of herself holding a rifle next to images of AOC and other Democratic lawmakers Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib to her Facebook page.

She captioned the post “Squad’s worst nightmare.” It was soon removed by Facebook who cited violations of its policies.

It didn’t take long for AOC’s supporters to strike back at Green to defend the congresswoman.

“Those who are jealous and envious of others typical attack those whom they envy because they need to feel important and try to gain some attention for themselves,” one user commented in the thread. “You are where you are @AOC because of your work and dedication. Mrs Greene knows she can’t compete so she attacks.”

According to People, “Greene has a track record of embracing false stories publicized by QAnon, a conspiracy theory-fueled group which alleges there’s a group of Democratic pedophiles operating around the country.”

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Jussie Smollett Speaks Out For The First Time In Months About His Alleged 2019 Attack— ‘They Won’t Let This Go’

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Jussie Smollett Speaks Out For The First Time In Months About His Alleged 2019 Attack— ‘They Won’t Let This Go’

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In early 2019, “Empire “actor Jussie Smollett found himself thrust into the public spotlight of scrutiny after it was reported that he had been the victim of a hate crime. His original claim initially prompted public outrage and a flood of support from fans. Then, nearly three weeks later, the public was shocked to learn that Smollett had been charged with disorderly conduct and the false filing of a police report after it was determined that the attack had been staged. Worse? Officials suspected that Smollett himself had choreographed the entire attack from start to finish. In March of 2019, the actor was charged with 16 counts of disorderly conduct for allegedly filing a false police report that claimed two men attacked him while yelling racist and homophobic slurs at him.

Since then, the charges against Smollett have been dropped but his reputation remains tarnished. The court of public opinion has determined that he is a liar and fabricator. Ultimately he was dropped from his role on his show and he has remained relatively silent about the issue.

Now, a year after the alleged attack Smollett is speaking out about the controversy in a rare interview.

On Wednesday, the actor made an appearance in an Instagram Live conversation with author and activist Marc Lamont Hill. During the interview, Smollett addressed his ongoing trial calling the situation “frustrating, to say the least.”

“It’s been beyond frustrating, and I certainly am not going rogue,” Smollett explained. “I’m still taking the advice of my attorneys and everything like that, but I don’t really see, honestly, what staying quiet has really done, like, where it has gotten me. … It’s so much bigger than me.”

Smollett went onto share what the past year has done to him and shared that his legal team recently filed a motion against his indictment. The motion is set to be reviewed in court on Thursday. “I believe I have to give it up to God,” Smollett explained before adding that he thinks the legal motion will fall in his favor.

“They won’t let this go,” he explained. “It doesn’t matter — there is an example being made. And the sad part is that there’s an example being made of someone who did not do what they are being accused of.”

Addressing accusations that his original claims were all a hoax, Smollett said that “From the very, very beginning, it was set up to seem like I was lying about something or everything.”

Smollett claimed “there would be no reason for me to do this” and called the accusations “bulls—,” before adding that the “last thing” hew would ever want to do is “be portrayed as a victim.”

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