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We rank Kellyanne Conway's 5 best interviews

From fake news to alternative facts, Conway is battling the media — one catch phrase at a time


Alessandra Maldonado
July 10, 2017 6:28PM (UTC)

Kellyanne Conway's greatest talent — other than her inability to directly answer a question — is her interviews, which turn out to be internet clickbait. Conway's statements are met with gasps, laughs, and even eye rolls from reporters — all which beg the question, "How can this be real?"

Conway's ability to completely baffle journalists on television is fascinating to watch. Here's her top five best moments.

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5. Anderson Cooper rolls his eyes at Kellyanne Conway

During a heated discussion following President Donald Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey in May, Anderson Cooper criticized the administration for firing Comey after offering him high praise throughout the campaign trail. Conway told Anderson Cooper: "Thanks for the trip down memory lane. I was on your show often last fall saying we were going to win Michigan and how we were going to do it," prompting Cooper to roll his eyes.

4. Conway insults her way through an almost never-ending chat with Chris Cuomo

In what was supposed to be an 18-minute interview about Donald Trump Jr.'s meeting with a Kremlin tied lawyer during the 2016 campaign Monday, Conway deflected her way through almost 40 minutes in a heated discussion with Chris Cuomo. She relied on insults throughout the discussion, telling Cuomo she admired his "moxie" as he sat "there with the CNN chyron right near you talking about credibility issues."

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But Cuomo didn't let her diversions get in the way of the interview.

"I just have to smile at the suggestion from the same White House that calls unnamed sources not a legitimate basis for journalism, now you're leaning on it so heavily because it suits you," he told Conway.

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In the same interview, Cuomo tried to wrap four separate times but Conway's relentless attacks prevented him from doing so, even when he said there are people "yelling at me in my ear that you have to go."

3. "You are feeding people's animosity"

In Conway's first battle with Chris Cuomo, the CNN anchor shut down her defense of Trump's claim that he was wiretapped by Obama, calling them a "distraction" from looking into Russia connections.

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“Accusing a former president of a felony, and he called him bad or sick. He has no proof to support calling President Obama, a man who he says he likes, bad or sick. What about that?" he asked Conway.

In numerous poor attempts to pivot onto a different topic while being corrected by Cuomo, Conway settled on telling him Trump will speak for himself.

2. Conway makes up her own massacre

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In an interview with MSNBC’s Chris Matthews, Conway defended Trump's controversial travel ban by referencing the "Bowling Green Massacre," which — to no surprise — never happened.

“I bet it’s brand new information to people that President Obama had a six-month ban on the Iraqi refugee program after two Iraqis came here to this country, were radicalized and they were the masterminds behind the Bowling Green massacre. It didn’t get covered,” she said during the interview.

Conway later apologized for her error in a heated interview with Jake Tapper where she said she "regretted it tremendously.

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"I felt really badly about that."

1. "Alternative facts"

Conway's interview with Chuck Todd just days after Trump's inauguration will live in infamy, thanks to her penchant for avoiding the truth. In an attempt to avoid saying Press Secretary Sean Spicer lied during his first statement to the Press Corps, Conway says he "gave alternative facts" before deflecting blame onto Barack Obama. Through laughs and complete shock, Todd reminds Conway "alternative facts aren't facts, they're falsehoods."

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Alessandra Maldonado

Alessandra Maldonado is an editorial intern at Salon. You can find her on Twitter at @alessamberr

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Alternative Facts Bowling Green Massacre Chris Cuomo Fake News Jake Tapper Kellyanne Conway

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