White House counselor Kellyanne Conway says freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) used a recent trip to an migrant detention center as a photo opportunity, and accused the Democratic socialist of hypocrisy for criticizing conditions while refusing to vote for funds to address the border crisis.
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Speaking to “Fox & Friends” on Tuesday, Conway was asked about Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) referring to President Donald Trump’s historic visit to North Korea as nothing more than “photo-op” for attention.
“Chuck Schumer wants to talk about photo-ops?” Conway asked. “I saw one yesterday and it’s called Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez going down to one of these facilities and making this outrageous claim that a woman is drinking from a toilet — which everybody who has control over that facility … has said that is not true.”
During her visit to a border detention center Monday, Ocasio-Cortez spoke to reporters while sitting inside a vehicle and claimed that women in the facility “were told by CBP officers to drink out of the toilet.” One reporter asked if she actually saw that occur, but the congresswoman ignored the question and rolled up her window.
Conway brought up that incident, and noted that President Donald Trump signed a $4.6 billion humanitarian aid package to address the border crisis the same day, which Ocasio-Cortez and dozens of other Democrats voted against.
“People need to challenge this because she is one of 95 people, Democrats, who voted against the aid package,” Conway said. “You either want the humanitarian aid, the $4.6 billion to go and help, or you want the photo-op.”
Conway also criticized Democrats and media personalities for previously referring to the border crisis as “manufactured” only months ago, then dropping the term “manufactured” once it became politically expedient to do so.
“I have a whole list here of anchors and people on TV and Democrats who said it was a manufactured crisis, who now dropped the word ‘manufactured,’ and are calling what they see at the border a crisis,” she told “Fox & Friends.”
Conway addresses criticism of President Trump’s historic meeting in North Korea