2018-04-23 04:51:17 UTC
The counselor to the president did not appreciate being questioned about her
husband, George Conways, penchant for criticizing Trump on Twitter.
Dana Bash said it was supposed to be a somewhat lighthearted question.
Kellyanne Conway did not take it that way.
Toward the end of a long interview during which Conway dodged question after
question about her boss legal troubles, Bash asked her, What is up with your
Conways permanent smile began to fade ever so slightly as Bash explained that
George Conway, a prominent lawyer, has been surprisingly critical of President
Donald Trump on Twitter over the past year and a half. Many of those tweets have
since been deleted, but one that remains on his account from March calls a
report that Trump considered pardons for Michael Flynn and Paul Manafort
After somehow working in yet another dig at Hillary Clinton, Conway told Bash,
Its fascinating to me that CNN would go there. But its very good for the
whole world to just witness that its now fair game how peoples spouses and
significant others may differ with them. Im really surprised, but very, in some
ways, relieved and gratified to see that.
Taken aback by Conways response, Bash insisted that she would have asked the
same question if the gender roles were reversed. No you wouldnt, Conway
interrupted her, to which Bash replied, A thousand percent I would.
You just brought him into this, so this ought to be fun moving forward, Dana,
a furious Conway said. Were now going to talk about other peoples spouses and
significant others just because they either work at the White House or at CNN?
Are we now going to do that? Because you just went there. CNN just went there.
When Bash said she wasnt trying to be critical, Conway said, Of course it
was, it was meant to harass and embarrass.
By definition, spouses have a difference of opinion when adultery is
happening, Conway added, cryptically. By definition, spouses have a difference
of opinion when one is, I dont know, draining the joint bank account to support
things that maybe the other disagrees with. So this is a fascinating cross the
Rubicon moment and Ill leave it at that.
As Bash tried to ease the tension between them, Conway only ratcheted it up,
accusing the anchor of talking out of turn about her marriage and even bringing
her children into it.
Kellyanne, here was my whole point in this, is that you are a professional
working for the president of the United States and your husband is a very
well-respected lawyer, Bash told her, and my point is that we dont often
seein fact, I dont remember the last time we sawsomebody working for the
president in a high-profile position when their spouse is saying critical things
about them. That is all.
Of course, this being Kellyanne Conway, that was not all. CNN chose to go
there, she said. I think thats going to be fascinating moving forward. In
her next breath, Conway was defending her boss for calling the wife of his
former Deputy Director FBI Director Andrew McCabe a loser.