Presidential counselor and former campaign manager Kellyanne Conway took offense to CNN’s Dana Bash on Sunday, after the television anchor asked Conway about her husband’s anti-Trump tweets.
George Conway, who married the White House official in 2001, had retweeted a post by Kaitlan Collins that criticizes the president’s inconsistency when it came to his staff. “This is why officials are so hesitant to speak for Trump. He says one thing, then does the opposite.” Collins is a reporter for CNN.
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“So true. It’s absurd,” commented George Conway in his reposting. Seeing as he is married to one of the longest-standing staffers in the administration, George Conway may possess more insight into the matter than the general public. He has since deleted the tweet.
When asked Kellyanne about the twitter exchange, the former campaign manager immediately went on the offensive.
“What is up with your husband’s tweets?” Bash asked.
Kellyanne responded by insinuating the question was sexist, as were similar statements former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, “that woman who lost the election” whose name, Conway says, she “never [says] on TV anymore.”
“I think she said white women have to listen to the men in their life to form their own political opinions.”
In March, Clinton explained Trump’s electoral success with married white women by suggesting there was pressure for women “to vote the way that your husband, your boss, your son, whoever, believes you should.”
While Clinton’s comments were a critique on a male-dominated system of voter politics, Conway’s phrasing would have viewers believe it was a tendency the former Secretary of State had endorsed.
“First of all, I would ask you that if you were a man,” Bash said.
“No, you wouldn’t,” Conway replied. A minute later, Conway accused Bash of trying to “harass and embarrass” her.
“I’m sorry that you took it that way,” Bash said. “It is hard to have two adults in this situation, a situation like this.”
“I will tell you this, and there are people who have been in his administration who worked for democrats or gave money to democrats. But all that aside, that really is meant to divert attention, again, from the big issues Americans care about,” Conway replied.
Earlier, the conversation had revolved around the Special Counsel’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. The flareup over Conway’s tweet, and her rebuttal to it, ate up about four minutes of screen time.
Twitter was amazed:
Wondering how many times KellyAnne ridiculed Michelle Obama, and Hilary Clinton during her husband's Presidency? I'm betting a lot.
— Colleen Hamilton (@Colleen_ham1) April 22, 2018
Listening to KellyAnne is more frustrating than anything I’ve ever had to do… every word out of her mouth is deflection, confusion, misdirection, or calculated nonsense… it’s so skillful and yet so infuriating
— CoolDad (@smashedhammer) April 22, 2018
Fun fact: Halle Berry and Kellyanne Conway are both 51 years old. pic.twitter.com/4NWHtY3ByT
— Denizcan James (@MrFilmkritik) April 22, 2018