Kellyanne Conway (AP/Alex Brandon)

Kellyanne Conway says White House "doesn't care" about Clinton, but Trump certainly does

Hours after Conway's fiery exchange on CNN, Trump tweeted about Clinton while watching "Fox & Friends"


Charlie May
January 11, 2018 1:38PM (UTC)

Only hours after President Donald Trump's aide, Kellyanne Conway, had a fiery exchange with CNN's Chris Cuomo over whether or not the White House was obsessed about Hillary Clinton, the president completely undercut her argument.

On Thursday morning, the president, spending his "Executive Timewatching "Fox & Friends," angrily tweeted about his Democratic opponent in 2016, while slamming the infamous dossier in an attempt to distract from the ongoing probe by special counsel Robert Mueller into the Trump campaign's alleged ties to the Kremlin.

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But just the night before, Conway vociferously defended Trump and insisted no one in the White House cared about Clinton.

"We don't care about her. Nobody here talks about her," Conway said. "Nobody here talks about Hillary Clinton, I promise you."

Conway also asserted that the public still had not gotten over the election and that most haven't moved on. Trump, however, was handing out electoral maps last year touting his victory.

"So many people can’t get over the election results," Conway said.

Cuomo fired back, "Says my friend who can’t keep Hillary Clinton’s name out of her mouth."

"I'll make you a deal," Conway said. "I'll never talk about her [Clinton] again, but then you can't talk about the 2016 election."

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"I'm not, I haven't mentioned the election once," Cuomo replied.

In recent months, Conway has tweeted about Clinton on numerous occasions herself.

The two continued to talk over each other, and Cuomo brought up the alleged Russian election meddling, as well as the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting in which top Trump campaign officials met with a Russian lawyer with potential ties to the Kremlin in order to receive dirt on Clinton.

"The idea that we would have to look any further than Hillary Clinton to beat Hillary Clinton is a fantasy," Conway said.

The CNN host added, "Is we inconclusive of Don Jr., Jared Kushner and Paul Manafort, who went to a meeting with a Russian lawyer who was promising dirt on Hillary Clinton?"

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"And what came of that meeting? Absolutely nothing," Conway responded.

"That's not the point," Cuomo emphasized. "The point is why you went."

In essence, Conway's behavior was a larger metaphor of the Trump presidency. Either Conway — who delivered to America the phrase "alternative facts" — was deliberately lying about Trump's personal obsession with deflecting and pointing the finger at Clinton, or she has proven yet again that the right hand still has truly no idea what the left is doing.

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The exchange didn't end on television, though, continuing on Twitter Thursday morning.

And the coda of this story comes from Kellyanne Conway, who went on "Fox & Friends," where she talked about Hillary Clinton.


Charlie May

Charlie May is a news writer at Salon. You can find him on Twitter at @charliejmay

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