The top spokesperson for the Republican National Committee made several embarrassing comments Tuesday night, revealing she doesn't understand how primaries work, and paid the price by being mocked mercilessly on social media.
Kayleigh McEnany has a Harvard Law degree, but that didn't stop her from making ridiculous remarks after 28-year old political newcomer Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez unseated 10-term Democratic incumbent Rep. Joe Crowley in Tuesday's primary race.
It all started after President Trump posted a ludicrous tweet, claiming Crowley lost because he wasn't nice enough to the far right extremist president.
Wow! Big Trump Hater Congressman Joe Crowley, who many expected was going to take Nancy Pelosi’s place, just LOST h… https://t.co/4TuokLaPMJ— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1530065911.0
But Ocasio-Cortez is much further to the left of Crowley, so Trump's claim was ignorant at best. It wasn't that Crowley lost because he wasn't conservative enough, he lost, in part, because he wasn't progressive enough.
Ocasio-Cortez is a member of the Democratic Socialists of America. She ran on a platform of Medicare for all, free public college, abolishing ICE, and guaranteed federal jobs.
In response to Trump's tweet, McEnany wrote:
STUNNING! That so-called blue wave? More like a red tsunami... https://t.co/cIeI1II52U— Kayleigh McEnany (@Kayleigh McEnany) 1530069299.0
Since Ocasio-Cortez won in one district, a very diverse and progressive New York district, McEnany's remark made little sense.
Politico's Jake Sherman challenged her ignorant comment:
What? He lost to a more progressive candidate. What are you talking about. https://t.co/VRkuSZ7Xi6— Jake Sherman (@Jake Sherman) 1530069351.0
So McEnany responded with another inane remark:
Right, Jake. Maybe you think socialism is a winning national platform for the Democratic Party going forward. The r… https://t.co/1wd8PbQye8— Kayleigh McEnany (@Kayleigh McEnany) 1530069423.0
Again, we're talking about one candidate in one very progressive district, not the whole country.
Sherman tried to explain why her remarks were ridiculous:
What I’m saying is that Crowley’s defeat is not emblematic of a red tsunami since he lost to someone who took posit… https://t.co/744ds4mJUj— Jake Sherman (@Jake Sherman) 1530069493.0
McEnany just dug in deeper, suggesting that one primary race applied to the entire Democratic Party:
Our party is celebrating this if you haven’t noticed. As Democrats lurch toward the failed socialist platform of Be… https://t.co/BJEDQHGY2N— Kayleigh McEnany (@Kayleigh McEnany) 1530069825.0
On Twitter many mocked McEnany's ignorance:
A red tsunami because... a democrat was defeated by... a democrat... in a democratic primary...? https://t.co/PKCdRd3m7e— Brian Tyler Cohen (@Brian Tyler Cohen) 1530079100.0
Who wants to tell her that Ocasio-Cortez isn’t running for national office? https://t.co/KAddfEPA3b— Aaron Rupar (@Aaron Rupar) 1530097403.0
lol. she thinks Republicans voted out Crowley....or something https://t.co/TKBUsj1jgC— Eric Boehlert (@Eric Boehlert) 1530100078.0
Ummm.... Democratic primary. This woman used to serve as a political pundit on CNN. https://t.co/C1oSZH0JXQ— Soledad O'Brien (@Soledad O'Brien) 1530094681.0
Gonna go ahead and bet every cent I will ever earn for the rest of my life that Donald Trump will not carry that di… https://t.co/PFNVidADJu— Chris Hayes (@Chris Hayes) 1530069485.0
My god - do you need a conservatorship...someone to handle your daily tasks? It was a Democratic primary, not a gen… https://t.co/Qg4lRUVJUG— Kathy Griffin (@Kathy Griffin) 1530072459.0
Ocasio-Cortez doesn't need to win the nation, just #NY14, one of the most liberal districts in Congress. Just like… https://t.co/QfKAiISm9f— Matthew Chapman (@Matthew Chapman) 1530100176.0
This woman just said that a Dem *primary* win by a socialist candidate was part of a “red tsunami.” I suppose she’… https://t.co/20lejNYiwG— Lindi Emoungu (@Lindi Emoungu) 1530098289.0
@AdotSad "How can I play this off like I didn't make myself look like an idiot?" https://t.co/WnlLydbGkS— Brandon Bahret (@Brandon Bahret) 1530078006.0