A major new piece in The Washington Post details the life and turmoil that Kellyanne Conway and her husband George are facing due to her job in the Administration and his intense disdain for Donald Trump. But buried in the story is something that casts a lot of White House denials into question – Kellyanne attempted to get the reporter to change one of the quotes from her to be from “someone close to the couple” so her husband wouldn’t think she’s bashing him in the piece. The “someone close to” part is something we see a lot in reporting on The White House – so could it be that some of these quotes and statements are coming from Kellyanne Conway? Ring of Fire’s Farron Cousins discusses this.
Link – https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/she-works-for-trump-he-cant-stand-him-this-is-life-with-kellyanne-and-george-conway/2018/08/15/3b89b82a-9b46-11e8-843b-36e177f3081c_story.html?utm_term=.2439e9d15726
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There is a great new kind of exploratory piece, I should call it, in the Washington Post that really takes a good look at the marriage between Kellyanne Conway and her husband, George. For those of you who haven't been paying attention along at home, George Conway is a huge Donald Trump critic. He is now, he used to love Donald Trump. He wept on election night, and he freely admits that because he was so happy that Trump won. Well, now he hates Trump, and he tweets about it constantly. He attacks him on Twitter. He fact checks him. He refutes his more dubious legal claims on Twitter, it's quite fun to watch actually if you have a little bit of time.
So obviously, Kellyanne Conway, being Donald Trump's biggest lying supporter, married to a guy who spends his days trolling Donald Trump on Twitter, surely there's going to be some friction in that relationship and according to this new Washington Post piece there absolutely is. Reporter Ben Terrace actually spent time with the Conway's in their home, went hiking with them to kind of really get the story, get to know these people and try to present them as, "Hey, they're just like every couple out there that argues about things, and they laugh about things, and aren't they just decent people overall?" For the most part the entire article is not worth your time whatsoever so don't bother reading it. We all knew they were going to have some issues and butt heads quite a bit because he hates Trump, and she loves Trump but there is something buried in that article that is probably one of the most important things that we have learned about this Administration in months, and I'm going to read it to you.
The reporter says, "You told me you found George's tweets disrespectful."
Kellyanne responds, "It is disrespectful. It's a violation of basic decency, certainly, if not marital vows ... as a person familiar with the relationship."
No, we're on the record here. You can't say after the fact, "as someone familiar".
Kellyanne then says, "I told you everything about his tweets is off the record."
Reporter says, "No, that's not true. That never happened."
Kellyanne: "Well people do see it this way. People do see it that way. I don't say I do, but people see it that way."
In the middle of an interview, now this actually took place a few days after Terrace had met with them and was already working on the piece Kellyanne ... they had a phone conversation to follow-up here or maybe it was in person, I don't know, but they had this conversation. She's trashing her husband for his tweets and tries to tell the reporter at that point to list it as somebody else saying that. As "someone familiar with their relationship" told me, rather than "As Kellyanne Conway said." I dare say that this entire article buried the lead because that was it. Kellyanne Conway is sitting there talking to the reporter but because she doesn't want her own husband to know that she's trashing him in the Washington Post, she wanted the reporter to just list her instead as "someone familiar with their relationship".