Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) sparred with White House counselor Kellyanne Conway on social media Sunday where the freshman lawmaker accused President Donald Trump’s most trusted confidant of trying to “stoke suspicion” around her faith.
During a Sunday discussion with CNN host Jake Tapper, Conway noted that Ocasio-Cortez had been quick to condemn the Christchurch massacre in New Zealand last month, yet remained silent after hundreds were slaughtered in terrorist attacks on Easter Sunday in Sri Lanka.
After Conway’s interview, CNN analyst Julian Zelizer incorrectly claimed in a now-deleted tweet that Conway said Ocasio-Cortez “didn’t tweet anything about the synagogue shooting” when, in fact, she had.
In response, Conway corrected Zelizer on Twitter, instructing him to listen “before spewing.”
That’s when Ocasio-Cortez inserted herself into the conversation, accusing Conway of taking pot shots at her Christian faith.
However, Conway never commented on Ocasio-Cortez’s faith, neither in her conversation with Tapper, nor on social media.
While later emphasizing the importance of referring to the attacks in Sri Lankan churches last week as “Easter worshippers,” Ocasio-Cortez attacked Conway and accused her of stoking “suspicion” around her faith.
How did Conway respond?
First, Conway explained the reason why she mentioned Ocasio-Cortez during her interview with Tapper, noting that some people “found it odd a prolific tweeter was silent” about the Sri Lankan massacre.
Then Conway informed Ocasio-Cortez that she was not, in fact, judging her faith.
She also extended an olive branch toward Ocasio-Cortez, instructing the freshman lawmaker to call her if she is serious about bipartisanship and working with the Trump administration.
Ocasio-Cortez did not immediately respond to Conway’s offer.