Kellyanne blasts husband George’s op-ed calling Trump a racist as she clobbers liberals for comparing ‘a red hat to a swastika’ and says ‘the squad’ has ‘done squat in Congress’
- Conway is a senior adviser to President Trump and managed his 2016 campaign
- Her husband, a ‘NeverTrump’ Republican lawyer, slashed at the president in a Washington Post op-ed and called him an unrepentant racist
- Kellyanne went on Fox News to defend the president following racism allegations
- Trump urged four minority Democratic congresswomen to ‘go back where they came from’ if they don’t like living in the U.S.
The public airing of grievances between Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway and her anti-Trump lawyer husband saw a new chapter on Tuesday as the president’s close confidant found herself on the spot about an op-ed signed by George Conway.
Mr. Conway wrote in The Washington Post that when Trump admonished four first term congresswomen who are far-left minorities to ‘go back where they came from,’ he was ‘racist to the core.’
‘It doesn’t matter what these representatives are for or against – and there’s plenty to criticize them for – it’s beyond the bounds of human decency. For anyone, not least a president,’ he added, in the essay published Monday evening.
‘I totally disagree,’ Kellyanne Conway said Tuesday morning, arguing that her boss’s words are less important than his practical results.
‘I work with this president and I know him. I know his heart and actions and how much he has helped people of color and I go by what people do, not what other people say about them,’ she said.
In a Fox News Channel interview, Ms. Conway defended Trump’s challenge for his American detractors in Congress to leave America.
‘The president has explained if you don’t like it here get out,’ she said. ‘By the way, that goes way beyond these four people. That goes to everybody who is tearing down the American flag and putting up the Mexican flag.’
‘That goes to everybody, like one of the congresswomen, who won’t denounce Antifa,’ she added, referring to a moment on Monday where Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez stared past a reporter asking her to condemn a violent left-wing group in Oregon.
‘AOC,’ as she is known in Washington, has partnered with three other far-left congresswomen — Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley and Rashida Tlaib — to force-multiply one another in their battles with Trump.
‘Forget these four” Ms. Conway said Tuesday. ‘They represent a dark underbelly in this country of people who are not respecting our troops, are not giving them the resources and the respect that they deserve.’
She used similar language 10 minutes later, telling reporters at the White House that the four women ‘just represent a very dark element in this country that seems to not respect the military, not respect the veterans, not vote for humanitarian aid. Why is that?’
One reporter shot back: ‘Is that language in and of itself offensive? A “dark element”?’
She didn’t take the bait.
‘I have never ever heard that man say anything untoward based on race in my experience,’ she said instead.
On television Ms. Conway repeatedly defended the president, saying she is growing impatient with liberals who insist she is working for a racist and wants them held accountable.
‘People are analogizing a red hat to a swastika. Is that where we are now? Have at it, everybody, but keep the cameras and microphones on. Because America should see who they are,’ she said.
Ms. Conway said Ocasio-Cortez, Omar, Pressley and Tlaib have lost the right to complain about Trump, particularly about his border policies, because they opposed humanitarian funding for Customs and Border Protection detention jails.
‘They are the only four democrats to vote against any form of humanitarian aid at the border when that vote was taken two weeks ago,’ she said. ‘They have no moral authority to talk about the border and the kids and the humanitarian crisis there.’
‘These four people in the so-called squad,’ she growled, saying they ‘have done squat in Congress other than pose on magazine covers and go on late-night comedy shows and cause trouble in their own caucus.’
‘A glass of water could have won their districts,’ Ms. Conway said.