White House counselor Kellyanne Conway ripped into CNN’s Dana Bash Sunday when the host asked why her husband criticizes President Donald Trump on social media.
The tense exchange happened while Conway appeared on “State of the Union” Sunday. Near the end of the interview, Bash asked Conway about her husband’s social media activities. George Conway is a prominent attorney whom Trump considered nominating for solicitor general. For about a year, he has created or retweeted posts on Twitter that are critical of the president.
How did she react?
Conway defended her husband, saying he has also tweeted positive things about Trump, and he writes about many other topics on Twitter.
“We’re now going to talk about other people’s spouses and significant others just because they either work at the White House or CNN? Are we going to do that? You just went there,” Conway said.
“By definition, spouses have a difference of opinion when one is, I don’t know, draining the joint bank account to support things maybe the other disagrees with,” she added. “This is a fascinating, cross-the-Rubicon moment and I will leave it at that.”
Conway said Bash’s question “was meant to harass and embarrass.”
She also implied the question would not have been asked if she was a man.
“I would ask you that if you were a man and your wife … a thousand percent I would,” Bash said. “It’s not about that. It’s about questioning — publicly questioning what you are doing for a living and with regard to your boss.”
Conway replied: “No you would not.”
(5 mins in) I say double standard against me has nothing to do w gender. She, not I, mentioned gender 2x.
It wasn’t sexist; it was cheap & irrelevant.
Meant to harass & embarrass. Mission unaccomplished. https://t.co/ooaSef1iVW
— Kellyanne Conway (@KellyannePolls) April 22, 2018
Is it wrong for a spouse to have a different opinion?
Conway continued: “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,” she said.