White House counselor Kellyanne Conway on Wednesday characterized another dispute between female politicians as a “catfight,” as she highlighted a back-and-forth between two Democratic presidential contenders over foreign-policy credentials.
In a tweet, Conway shared a news account of Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) having asserted in a radio interview that Sen. Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.) lacks the temperament and foreign-policy experience to be commander in chief.
“Following embarrassing Pelosi v. Squad episode, another catfight erupts in the Democratic Party,” Conway wrote in a tweet that included a cat emoji and a link to CNN’s coverage of Gabbard’s comments.
Conway was referring to earlier tensions between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and four minority Democratic congresswomen known on Capitol Hill as “the Squad.” During a Fox News interview earlier this month, Conway described their dispute as a “catfight” and a “major meow moment.”
Conway was subsequently blasted by members of “the Squad” — including Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) — for using what they called a sexist term.
“‘Catfight’ is the sexist term Republicans use when two adult women happen to disagree with each other,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted in response.
The latest episode highlighted by Conway occurred Tuesday night as Gabbard, among the first female combat veterans to join Congress, criticized Harris during an interview on Fox Sports Radio.
“Kamala D. Harris is not qualified to serve as commander in chief, and I can say this from a personal perspective as a soldier,” Gabbard said. “She has no background or experience in foreign policy, and she lacks the temperament that is necessary for commander in chief.”
Lily Adams, communications director for the Harris campaign, offered CNN a curt response to Gabbard’s comments.
“Definite hard pass on taking national security advice from Assad’s cheerleader,” she said, referring to a meeting in 2017 between Gabbard and Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad.
Gabbard and Harris are slated to appear together on the same stage on the second night of the Democratic presidential debate in Detroit next week.
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