The Trump administration has produced a number of breaks in families — including between Kellyanne Conway and her husband George. While Kellyanne managed Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, George has spent his time in the secondary public spotlight lambasting her boss over Trump’s incessant violation of basic presidential and legal norms. Kellyanne — who remains an adviser to the president and often appears on television in his defense — changed her Twitter bio this week to reflect the break. The new bio sarcastically identifies her as “The ‘Kellyanne Conway’ in ‘Kellyanne Conway’s husband.'”
She’s reacted harshly to questioning about her husband in the past — while he just continues on with his criticism. During a chat for a “Skullduggery” podcast released this week, George said that although he voted for Trump in the 2016 elections, if faced with a similar choice again, he’d probably “move to Australia.”
There’s been some talk about someone challenging Trump in Republican presidential primaries ahead of the 2020 elections, but it’s certainly uncertain that anyone will actually launch such a challenge at this point. Trump’s approval rating remains at least comparatively low among the general population, well under 50 percent and often under 40 percent, but among Republicans in particular it remains plenty high enough to support another presidential bid. 91 percent of Republicans said they approved of Trump in some of the most recent data presented by Gallup, while only 34 percent of independents and five percent of Democrats said the same.
Meanwhile, the Trump administration that Kellyanne is so deeply entangled with continues on down its familiar rocky path. George Conway described the Trump White House during his Skullduggery appearance as a “like a shitshow in a dumpster fire.”
Countering that mess, he’s founded the “Checks and Balances” group of conservative lawyers meant to serve as a voice for those concerned with the Trump administration’s abuse of power.
Their mission statement reads, in part:
‘We believe in the rule of law, the power of truth, the independence of the criminal justice system, the imperative of individual rights and the necessity of civil discourse. We believe these principles apply regardless of the party or persons in power.’
George actually spoke about what all of his efforts mean for his relationship with his wife during his Skullduggery appearance, casting the situation as a clear and substantive disagreement but not one that he feels is earth rattling.
As he put it:
‘I don’t think she likes it. But I’ve told her, I don’t like the administration so it’s even… If I had a nickel for everybody who in Washington who disagreed with their spouse in this town… I’d probably be on a beach somewhere.’
The disagreements will no doubt continue for the near future. Kellyanne is continuing her work for Donald Trump through means including pushing the claim that CNN journalist Jim Acosta is guilty of assault — a claim that completely fell apart in days in part in the face of video evidence to the contrary. After the Trump administration revoked his access to the White House, a judge ordered they restore his press credential this Friday.
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