Speed Reads


Does the Republican National Committee's spokeswoman not understand what primaries are?

Rep. Joe Crowley lost the Democratic primary Tuesday night in New York's 14th congressional district. Key word: Democratic.

The winner, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, is a 28-year-old member of the Democratic Socialists of America who is calling for universal health care and the end of ICE. President Trump was quick to kick Crowley while he was down (well, singing), tweeting that the 10-term congressman was a "Big Trump Hater" and insinuating that had Crowley been "nicer, and more respectful, to his president," he would have won.

Seeing as how it was a Democratic primary in New York City, it's doubtful any negative comments Crowley may have made about Trump pushed anyone to vote for his opponents, especially someone to his left. That didn't stop Republican National Committee spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany from retweeting Trump's remarks, and adding her own head-scratching commentary. "STUNNING!" she wrote. "That so-called blue wave? More like a red tsunami ..."

Many people, including Politico's Jake Sherman, were confused as to how Crowley — from a heavily Democratic district — losing in his Democratic primary to a more progressive candidate was a win for the GOP. "What are you talking about," he asked. More tweets started rolling in, with most certain that McEnany thought Crowley lost to a Republican and had no idea this was a primary, and others pretty sure she doesn't even know what a primary is.

McEnany never clarified if she did, in fact, understand that this was a primary, instead declaring that the GOP is "celebrating this if you haven't noticed. As Democrats lurch toward the failed socialist platform of Bernie Sanders, our party's prospects of electoral success are secured for many years to come."