With all the scandals currently surrounding President Trump, his staff seems desperate to direct attention away from him. White House counselor Kellyanne Conway proved this on Friday when she took to Twitter to share a story about a former staffer of New York’s Democratic mayor, Bill de Blasio.
Without any caption accompanying it, Conway posted the following tweet on Saturday afternoon:
— Kellyanne Conway (@KellyannePolls) May 26, 2017
The New York Post story that Conway shared covers the charges that have been brought against Jacob Schwartz, a 29-year-old “leading young Democrat” and employee of de Blasio.
Schwartz is in trouble after it was discovered that he had “more than 3,000 disgusting images and 89 videos” stored on a laptop.
Without any caption from Conway, it’s hard to say what her intention was when she shared the story. Perhaps she wanted to make a point about Democrats also being involved in scandals. Maybe, as some suggested in the comments section of the tweet, she just wanted to shed light on what an atrocity child pornography is.
There’s also the possibility that she was doing what many of her fellow conservatives are doing, and trying to distract from all the negative stories being published about the president. Plenty of people suggested as much when they responded to Conway’s tweet, as can be seen below.
What's on your mind with this tweet, Kellyanne? Seems to be a fairly transparent exercise in passive-aggressive behavior.
— Joel Keith (@JustMessinWitYa) May 26, 2017
— Addison Ore (@addyore) May 26, 2017
Hey Kelleyanne, did you hear about Jared? Google "back channels". Then google "treason".
— Jingles Magee (@resistandshare) May 27, 2017
What's your point @KellyannePolls ?
— Not Tellin (@PigsFlyo0) May 26, 2017
— jkg_mtl (@jkg_mtl) May 26, 2017
Other commenters argued that, if Conway was trying to wage an attack on Mayor de Blasio, sharing a story about one of his staffers was the wrong way to go about it. They also reminded Conway and her followers of the fact that President Trump has been accused repeatedly of sexual assault.
You support that degenerate Donald Trump, and you have the guts to critisize someone else? Ha!
— Adrienne Ertükel (@AdrienneErtukel) May 27, 2017
do your job -your boss is a sexual predator-
— rebekah maysles (@rebekahmaysles) May 26, 2017
What does this have to do with Mayor de Blasio? He never bragged about grabbing ***sy. @realDonaldTrump has done that and more.
— Fee (@FeeSmallz) May 26, 2017
Reminder that Trump visited under-age sex parties and flirted on camera with a 12 year old.
— Pesach 'Pace' Lattin (@pacelattin) May 26, 2017
— Sara ? (@g33kgurli) May 26, 2017
Are YOU of all ppl implying that ANY employer is responsible for 1 employee??? Have you met Flynn???? You know the songbird in the cage??
— Noreen O'Grady (@chgonog) May 26, 2017
It’s important to point out that commenters who responded negatively to Conway’s tweet were not advocating for de Blasio’s aide or trying to defend pedophilia. Rather, they were criticizing Conway for (presumably) hypocritically condemning Schwartz while her own boss has been accused of equally egregious actions.
Conway, and those who immediately used the story she tweeted as evidence of pedophilia being rampant among Democrats, would also do well to remember that Republicans have been accused of similar actions. For example, there’s Oklahoma state Senator and former Trump campaign chair Ralph Shortey, who was found in a hotel room with a teenage boy in March.
As one commenter said, “pedophilia is unfortunately bipartisan.”
Featured image via Alex Wong/Getty Images.