CNN political correspondent Dana Bash unintentionally unleashed White House counselor Kellyanne Conway’s fury Sunday by prodding the first woman to successfully head a presidential campaign about her husband’s political opinions.
Bad choice, Miss Bash. Very bad choice indeed.
Bash specifically wanted to know “what is up with” her husband’s tweets, which sometimes include criticisms of her boss, President Donald Trump, and his administration.
But given as Conway’s husband has no direct affiliation with the Trump administration, she wondered why the heck such a question was even relevant.
“He writes a lot of things that are also supportive, and he writes a lot of things about Corgis and Philadelphia Eagles and sports, too,” she said.
But none of his own personal views impact either how she perceives the world or the way in which she handles her job.
This probably came as a shock to Bash, who likely believes failed Democrat presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s theory that white women like Conway lack the intelligence and willpower to form their own political perspectives.
“It’s fascinating to me that CNN would go there, but it’s very good for the whole world to have just witnessed that it’s now fair game how people’s spouses and significant others may differ with them,” Conway continued. “I’m really surprised, but very, in some ways, relieved and gratified to see that.”
Has Bash or anyone else at “fake news” CNN ever questioned Clinton about her husband’s affairs and alleged rape? Probably not.
The CNN host tried to defend herself on the grounds that her question wasn’t meant to be critical, but Conway shut that pathetic defense down real quick.
“Oh, of course it was. It was meant to harass and embarrass. But let me just tell you something,” she said. “By definition, spouses have a difference of opinion when adultery is happening.”
“By definition, spouses have a difference of opinion when one is, I don’t know, draining the joint bank account to support things that maybe the other disagrees with. So, this is a fascinating cross the Rubicon moment. And I will leave it at that,” she added.
The statement about a joint bank account was reportedly in reference to Bash’s own divorce six years ago from current CNN chief national correspondent John King. Ouch!
Yet Bash continue to try and defend herself rather than simply drop the subject. It just got worse and worse and worse.
“Kellyanne, here’s my point,” Bash said. “You are a professional working for the president of the United States and your husband is a very well-respected lawyer. And my point is that we don’t often see, and in fact, I don’t remember the last time we saw somebody working for the president in a high-profile position when their spouse is saying critical things about them.”
But once again Conway shut her down: “There are other family members of people who work at the White House who certainly don’t support the president privately and publicly. … But all that aside, that really is meant to divert attention from, again, the big issues that America cares about.”
Exactly. Speaking of which, has CNN taken the time to report that North Korea has agreed to suspend all its nuclear weapons testing? If not, now you know why!