'Laughingstock, Incompetent, Self-Parody': What Kellyanne Conway's Husband Has Said About Trump — and How She Feels
'Who Has More Credibility?'
On Wednesday, after the president made the latest in a long string of attacks on reporting about him — describing the New York Times as an "enemy" of America — George replied, "In light of this tweet, let’s pose the question ..."
He then polled Twitter userse on who was more credible: Trump or the Times?
As of this writing, the newspaper was the overwhelming winner — a worthless measurement, as social media polls are notoriously subjective, but the most recent in George's history of publicly criticizing his wife's boss.
Here are other examples.
'Unconstitutional' and 'Illegal'
In November 2018, a month after their column on the birthright citizenship move, George and Katyal wrote an op-ed in The New York Times after Trump named an acting attorney general. They wrote: “Trump’s installation of Matthew Whitaker as acting attorney general of the United States after forcing the resignation of Jeff Sessions is unconstitutional. It’s illegal. And it means that anything Mr. Whitaker does, or tries to do, in that position is invalid.”
'Weak — and Dangerous'
In December, George, Katyal and Trevor Potter, former commissioner and chairman of the Federal Election Commission, collaborated on an op-ed in the Post that criticized Trump’s claim that he didn’t violate campaign finance law.
'Unconstituional' Immigration Proposal
In October, George and Neal Katyal, the former acting U.S. solicitor general in the Obama administration, published an op-ed in The Washington Post that was highly critical of Trump’s proposal to end birthright citizenship.
The two spoke out against the president to say “he was wrong” and the “Fourteenth Amendment affirms the ancient and fundamental rule of citizenship by birth within the territory” — “including all children here born of resident aliens.”
Fast Food Pulls a Fast One
Burger King tweeted out a cheeky response to the president’s tweet about serving Clemson University's championship football team over 1000 “hamberders” by saying, “due to a large order placed yesterday, we're all out of hamberders. just serving hamburgers today.”
Conway retweeted the fast food account and added his own commentary: “Think of how much of a laughingstock a president has to become to have *Burger King* make fun of him. Sad.”
'Unwittingly a Self-Parody'
Politico Chief Economic Correspondent Ben White, commenting on Trump's history of aggressive and candid messages on Twitter, tweeted this month: “It’s gotten to the point where I don’t know if it’s a real tweet from the president or a parody account.”
Conway retweeted with his own opinion on the matter: “We have a president who unwittingly is a self-parody.”
Calls for a Psych Evaluation
After the Post tweeted a story about “Inside Trump’s defiance on the longest shutdown ever,” Conway retweeted the story and commented: “If the CEO of a public company behaved so irrationally and erratically, he’d be cashiered outright or, at the very least, placed on leave for a psychiatric assessment.”
'A Master at Alienating People'
When Chief Political Correspondent for the Washington Examiner Byron York tweeted about the “supreme weirdness” of the ongoing government shutdown and how a “majority would support” Trump’s proposal for his wall, George retweeted that with his own response:
“Not weird at all. Trump is a master at alienating people he ought to be trying to, and should be able to, persuade. And that’s because he can’t make a coherent argument. He’s incompetent.”
'Trump's Mental Condition'
In a series of tweets and retweets in mid-March, George underlined his belief that the president's mental health is deteriorating. He shared a post from another user who wrote, "If you read the diagnostic criteria there can be no reasonable doubt that he meets criteria for Anti-social and Narcissistic Personality Disorder."
More explicitly, without context, he shared screenshots of the diagnostic criteria for narcissistic personality disorder. CNBC journalist John Harwood picked up on George's implication, writing in a retweet: "The husband of a top WH aide is trying, with increasing urgency, to tell the nation that President Trump is mentally ill."
In April of lst year CNN’s Dana Bash asked Kellyanne: “What is up with your husband’s tweets?”
The White House counselor shot back at Bash, saying, “It’s fascinating to me that CNN would go there, but it’s very good for the whole world to have just witnessed that it’s now fair game how people’s spouses and significant others may differ with them."
After the two went back and forth about the subject, Kellyanne later concluded: “There are other family members of people who work at the White House who certainly don’t support the President privately and publicly. There has been a different standard for me than there have been for other people.
"We bite our tongue plenty because I work for the people of this country, the United States government and the presidency and the President of the United States, so there is plenty that I don’t say.”