In her first speech on the 2016 campaign trail since the Republican National Convention, Melania Trump vowed to put an end to social media bullying among young people nationwide if she becomes first lady. But Anderson Cooper counters that the problem starts in her own home — with her husband, Donald Trump.
In an interview with Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway on Thursday, CNN’s Cooper pointed to the GOP nominee’s use of social media to “make fun of people’s looks, of people’s intelligence,” and asked Conway: “If it’s not okay for kids to do this, why is it okay for adults, for Donald Trump?”
“Doesn’t this start at home?” he added. “Isn’t the problem at her own dinner table?”
“No, it’s not at her own dinner table,” Conway replied. “The fact that her husband’s running for president and defends himself sometimes — ”
“Talking about Carly Fiorina’s face wasn’t a counterattack. That was just an attack,” Cooper interjected, referencing an incident in September in which Trump insulted his former primary rival’s looks.
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“Look at that face!” Trump said at the time in an interview with Rolling Stone. “Would anyone vote for that? Can you imagine that, the face of our next president?! I mean, she’s a woman, and I’m not supposed to say bad things, but really, folks, come on. Are we serious?”
Cooper repeated, “Talking about Carly Fiorina’s face was not a counterattack or counterpunch, that was just … mean.”
Conway defended Trump by saying, “Then he went on a national stage in front of tens of millions people, I would presume, and said that she has a very beautiful face, that she’s a beautiful woman,” and accused the media of “cherry-picking” Trump’s negative tweets.
“Go look at his entire Twitter feed,” she told Cooper. “Go look at the crowds at his rally, go look at his message –”
“I know, it’s full of this stuff though,” Cooper insisted.
Watch the full exchange in the video above.