Despite being the first woman to successfully manage a winning presidential campaign, White House counselor Kellyanne Conway has been criticized by Democrats and progressives from all corners of the country since entering the spotlight as Trump's campaign leader late last summer.
Now, she's being criticized by the president of her alma mater.
Trinity Washington University president Patricia McGuire recently wrote a scathing letter on the school's blog titled, "On lies and the truth we must tell."
"We Americans study the history of tyranny and exclaim, 'That’s terrible, but it would not happen here!' as we congratulate ourselves on the robust state of our democracy," McGuire wrote. "The experience of the last few months now exposes this once-confident boast as terribly naive and perhaps even dangerous as a new administration indulges in a remarkable torrent of false and misleading statements as a basis for policy and action."
Then she tore into Conway for "facilitating the manipulation of facts" and encouraging "grave injustice."
Presidential Counselor Kellyanne Conway, Trinity Class of 1989, has played a large role in facilitating the manipulation of facts and encouraging the grave injustice being perpetrated by the Trump Administration’s war on immigrants among many other issues. She is one of President Trump’s primary spokespersons, an almost daily figure on cable news shows. Some people admire her staunch advocacy for her client’s positions, and others applaud the fact that she was the first woman to manage a successful presidential campaign. But in fact, as is true of many of President Trump’s statements, her advocacy on his behalf is often at variance with the truth.
Ms. Conway invented the now-infamous phrase "alternative fact," to defend Trump’s claims about the size of crowds at his inauguration, a thinly-veiled autocratic scheme to try to claim that the Trump inauguration drew the biggest crowd in history when, in fact, it was on the smaller side. Ms. Conway has been part of a team that thinks nothing of shaping and spreading a skein of lies as a means to secure power. Perhaps the "Bowling Green Massacre" comment was truly a mistake, as she claims, but she repeated that canard on three different occasions as an explanation for why the travel ban, an executive order that clearly discriminates against Muslims, was necessary.
When asked by the Washington Post what her response to the harsh comments was, Conway pointed out McGuire's hypocrisy.
"It’s a disappointment to have the president of the university lift up other Trinity graduates who have a casual relationship with the truth," Conway told the Post, citing House Minority leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), who also went to Trinity Washington, class of 1962.
Conway added that she is disappointed that McGuire is quick to "attack" her, yet "never have the courtesy of calling or emailing me to ask what I meant on any given occasion."
But when it came to money, Conway said McGuire had no problem asking, explaining that she and her husband donated $50,000 to the university between 1999-2002 during a fundraising campaign.
"My money was good," Conway said.
Trinity Washington University is a small, private, all girls, Catholic college located in Washington D.C.