The Trump administration is at it again. Looking at the behavior of not just the president but many of the people who operate in the president’s inner orbit, it seems as though the Trump administration operates as though it’s in an alternate reality from our own.
Longtime Trump confidante Kellyanne Conway appeared on CNN to be interviewed by Chris Cuomo. Unsurprisingly, the interview, which took place shortly after the president officially signed a measure into law re-opening the government, went incredibly poorly for Conway.
At one point, the two of them took up the topic of the Women’s March. Cuomo pressed Conway over her boss’ mocking reaction to this year’s marches, but unsurprisingly, like an obedient little minion, Conway stuck by her boss’ side.
The exchange was sparked by Conway making a bizarre leap from a comment Cuomo made about the question of whether or not she wanted to continue with the interview, applying it to sexual assault as if that’s funny or appropriate.
Before the two of them came back on the air, Cuomo had apparently pressed Conway over whether she even wanted the incendiary interview to continue, questioning that Conway apparently refused to answer. Cuomo went ahead with having them be brought back on air, apparently quipping at one point that “silence is acceptance.”
In some stomach churning fashion, Conway said to Cuomo:
‘I think the people who were marching on Saturday would disagree with that.’
Cuomo replied by quipping:
‘Oh, the Women’s March — the one where the president was tweeting that all the people are out there marching to say how great he’s done?’
Last Saturday, as the first day of demonstrations marking the one year anniversary of the first Women’s March got underway, the president tweeted a remark that women ought to “[g]et out there now to celebrate the historic milestones and unprecedented economic success and wealth creation that has taken place over the last 12 months.”
Besides — Conway is in absolutely no position to jump from a practical “contract law” concern of the logistics of her CNN appearance to making a statement about the need for the U.S. to embrace consent culture over rape culture.
Her boss remains credibly accused of sexually harassing and assaulting numerous women, and that’s never going to change, and we’re never going to stop reminding them of that.
Conway, quipping that the president’s remarks constituted a “great tweet,” replied to Cuomo asking why the president acted as though the Women’s March had anything to do with him by saying:
‘No no no — [it’s about] how great the economy is. We have the lowest unemployment rate for women in 17 years.’
Cuomo responded by saying:
‘You know that’s not why they were marching. Isn’t that insulting to all those women out there who are looking for leadership and looking for someone to get behind them? And, instead, he makes a joke out of their march.’
Cuomo responded to Conway’s retort about it being “no joke” that the women’s unemployment rate has hit a new low by saying:
‘And it’s no joke that they don’t get equal pay and women like you have been forced to do it twice as hard as men to get to the same place. And you know it, and I know it, and you guys are in a position to do something about and it, and instead, he’s tweeting a little tongue in cheek about it.’
Check out their full conversation below. Conway eventually tried to employ some half-baked argument against Cuomo supposedly holding Trump to a different standard than Obama.
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