Kellyanne Conway’s devotion to President Donald Trump has put her in plenty of embarrassing and difficult situations in recent years. However, her role as Trump’s media shield has increasingly put her at odds with her husband George, a prolific critic of the president.
This was evident once again on Tuesday, as Conway scrambled to defend racist tweets sent by the president that have ignited fury in Washington and around the country.
The messages were aimed at four Democratic congresswomen of color, who Trump urged to “go back” to their countries of origin. Three of the four women were born in the U.S. and all are American citizens.
The Washington Post published an op-ed by George Conway on Tuesday, which declared categorically that “Trump is a racist president.” He continued, “Naivete, resentment and outright racism, roiled in a toxic mix, have given us a racist president.”
“Telling four non-white members of Congress—American citizens all, three natural-born—to ‘go back’ to the ‘countries’ they ‘originally came from’? That’s racist to the core.”
Speaking with Fox News on Tuesday, Kellyanne Conway said she did not agree with her husband’s analysis of the president. “I totally disagree,” she explained.
“But I work with this president. I know him. I know his heart I know his actions. I know how much he has helped people of color and I go by what people do, not what other people say about them.”
She also took issue with questions about her political disagreements with her husband. “I’m not going to run around pointing out everybody’s disagreements with the people in their lives,” she said.
“I sure could. I can point out people’s disagreements with their former spouses, their current spouses and partner, their future spouses and partners. But I won’t do that. And I would caution all those people who asked me to gaggle not to do that.”
Kellyanne Conway is arguably the president’s most prominent media cheerleader, a position which often forces her to defend what the president’s critics consider indefensible. In an awkward interview on Tuesday, she responded to a journalist’s question about Trump’s racist tweets by asking about the journalist’s ethnicity.
Breakfast Media reporter Andrew Feinberg asked her: “If the president was not telling these four congresswomen to return to their supposed countries of origin, to which countries was he referring?”
Conway replied, asking what Feinberg’s ethnicity was. But the journalist refused to answer, explaining, “My own ethnicity is not relevant to the question I’m asking.” Conway nonetheless insisted “it is…Because you’re asking about…he said “originally.’ He said ‘originally from.'”
It was not immediately clear why Conway pursued this line of questioning, though for the record she told Feinberg her ancestors were Irish and Italian. She then launched into an angry monologue saying “lots of us” are “sick and tired” of lawmakers putting “America last” and denigrating the U.S. military and Customs and Border Protection staff.