Kellyanne Conway tells Anderson Cooper not to "cherry pick" Donald Trump tweets for bullying

The fact that Melania Trump gave a speech on social media bullying isn't lost on the CNN anchor

By Matthew Rozsa
Published November 4, 2016 12:26PM (EDT)
 (screengrab via YouTube)
(screengrab via YouTube)

On Thursday, Melania Trump said that her goal as first lady would be to put an end to bullying on social media — an irony not lost on anyone who's ever subscribed to her husband's Twitter feed.

And Thursday night, Donald Trump’s campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, was grilled by CNN’s Anderson Cooper about how she could reconcile Melania's speech with Donald's aggressive social media.

Cooper asked Conway on “Anderson Cooper 360” how the aspiring First Lady could say these things when her own husband repeatedly bullies people.

“Doesn’t this start at home? Isn’t the problem at her own dinner table?” Cooper asked.

“No, it’s not at her own dinner table,” Conway insisted. “The fact that her husband’s running for president and defends himself sometimes — ”

Cooper interrupted Conway to recall an incident in September when Trump insulted the physical appearance of Carly Fiorina, a former Hewlett-Packard CEO who opposed Trump in the Republican presidential primaries.

“Look at that face!” Trump had exclaimed during an interview with Rolling Stone. "Would anyone vote for that? Can you imagine that, the face of our next president?! I mean, she's a woman, and I'm not supposed to say bad things, but really, folks, come on. Are we serious?"

When Cooper reminded Conway of the incident, pointing out that “talking about Carly Fiorina's face was not a counterattack or counterpunch, that was just mean,” she defended Trump by saying, “Then he went on a national stage in front of tens of millions people, I would presume, and said that she has a very beautiful face, that she’s a beautiful woman.”

Conway closed the segment by accusing the media of attempting to “cherry pick” posts from Trump’s social media accounts to make him seem like a bully.

Cooper accurately responded by pointing out that “it’s full of this stuff, though.”

Watch the exchange below:

Matthew Rozsa

Matthew Rozsa is a staff writer for Salon. He holds an MA in History from Rutgers University-Newark and is ABD in his PhD program in History at Lehigh University. His work has appeared in Mic, Quartz and MSNBC.

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