“This is a man who is doing what he can do on behalf of America’s women.”
The White House continues to engage in damage control after President Trump’s vicious, sexist tweet Thursday attacking MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski, and Friday morning, Kellyanne Conway offered up a new line of defense. On two different networks, she shrugged off the invective of the tweets targeting Brzezinski by simply praising how much access Trump has to the American people through social media.
“It’s his way of cutting out the middle man,” she told Fox & Friends. “The middle man doesn’t like it because it’s his direct connection. I call it democratization of information.” In other words, it doesn’t matter what he says because it’s so great that he has a venue in which to say it.
On Good Morning America, she even attached a number to it. “The president sent out about roughly 160 tweets in the month of June,” she explained. “120 or so of them were about policy, were about bilateral meetings with heads of state, were about all the things that he’s doing to help the American people. It gets very little coverage!” Three out of every four tweets are substantive, according to Conway, so he’s apparently not doing so badly.
In both interviews, Conway avoided the substance of those other tweets. On GMA, she refused to answer direct questions about whether she endorsed Trump’s tweets attacking Brzezinski, instead doubling down on the claim that he’s constantly under attack and entitled to fight back.
She went even further, however, with the Fox News crew to downplay whether Trump is actually sexist. “I go by what people do, not what people say about them,” she explained, outlining ways Trump has supposedly been elevating women in all of his different roles over the years. “This is a man who is doing what he can do on behalf of America’s women.”
Ironically, Conway added, “None of us are here for us. We are here as public servants for the American people. And you have to learn to swallow a lot to do that.”
Meanwhile, Trump’s Friday morning tweets seemed to confirm Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough’s claim that he threatened them with a negative story in the National Enquirer — a power he apparently has.
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