Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Calls Out Kellyanne Conway for Missing Congressional Hearing: 'Maybe You Actually Do Your Job'

The war of words between Democratic Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway continued on Tuesday, as the two women traded barbs over alleged human rights abuses at migrant detention centers on the southern border.

Conway had accused Ocasio-Cortez of lying about the dire conditions in the camps after the congresswoman visited several facilities and spoke to detainees being held there.

Ocasio-Cortez has come under fire from right-wing politicians and commentators for her well-publicized visits to the detention centers. The congresswoman said that staff there—who she claimed treated her in a threatening and aggressive manner—engage in routine abuse of detainees, who are being held in unsanitary and unsafe conditions.

After Conway accused her of lying about the camps—the poor conditions of which were further detailed by the Department of Homeland Security on Tuesday—Ocasio-Cortez asked on Twitter, "How many migrant women has Kellyanne Conway touched? Hugged? Sat on a concrete floor with? Actually listened to? The answer is none. Her actions show she doesn't believe all human beings are worthy of basic dignity. That's why she defends & muddies the clear and indefensible," she added.

But Conway came out fighting, accusing Ocasio-Cortez of failing to help migrant women by voting against a $4.6 billion bipartisan humanitarian aid package. "All talk, no dollars," Conway wrote. Ocasio-Cortez and other Democrats refused to back the legislation because it did not include restrictions on immigration enforcement.

Late on Tuesday, Ocasio-Cortez responded to Conway's attack by accusing the presidential adviser of unprofessionalism and cowardice, given the latter's failure to appear at a recent House Oversight Committee hearing.

"Maybe you actually do your job and show up to a Congressional hearing next time you want to talk to me," Ocasio-Coretz wrote. "After all you, you ran away and skipped out on Oversight committee last week, just to call into Fox and Friends instead."

Conway has been accused of multiple violations of the Hatch Act—legislation designed to ensure that government functions remain nonpartisan. In a letter to President Donald Trump, the independent Office of Special Counsel warned that her appearances in television interviews and social media output violated the act.

Conway was scheduled to appear before the House Oversight Committee last week, but the White House blocked the hearing. Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings then said he will subpoena Conway's testimony, arguing, "The president is not above the law. And neither is Ms. Conway above the law."

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Kellyanne Conway talks to reporters outside the West Wing following a television interview at the White House on July 2, 2019 in Washington, D.C. Chip Somodevilla/Getty