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Kellyanne Conway's husband George slams the Trump administration as "a sh*tshow in a dumpster fire"

Kellyanne Conway's anti-Trump husband also said the Republican Party "has become something of a personality cult"


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Shira Tarlo
November 16, 2018 7:28PM (UTC)

George Conway, the husband of White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, slammed President Donald Trump's administration "a sh*tshow in a dumpster fire" in a new interview with Yahoo News' podcast "Skullduggery."

The prominent conservative lawyer also revealed that he does not "feel comfortable being a Republican anymore."

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"I think the Republican Party has become something of a personality cult," Conway added. He was responding to a question about his decision to leave the Republican Party earlier this year.

When asked if he thinks the president is fully stable, Conway replied: "No comment."

Conway's comments come one day after he announced the formation of a new conservative legal group called "Checks and Balances" set up to "provide a voice and a network for like-minded attorneys" to speak out against what he views as Trump's violations of basic constitutional principles.

Throughout Trump's time in the Oval Office, the conservative lawyer who the president once considered nominating to be solicitor general, has emerged as one of his most ardent critics — and has captured the attention of political observers, given his wife's senior role in the administration and as the most aggressive defender of the president and his messaging in the media.

When asked how his wife has reacted to his public criticisms about her boss during his interview with "Skullduggery," Conway said, "I don't think she likes it, but I've told her, I don't like the administration. So it's even."

"If I had a nickel for everybody in Washington who disagrees with their spouse on something that happens in this town, I wouldn't be on this podcast,” he added. "I'd be probably on a beach somewhere. And the fact of the matter is, when it comes down to things we disagree about, we agree on most policy things . . . So this is the one we really disagree about." George once said he "wishes he had never introduced his wife to Trump in the first place."

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The top lawyer recently condemned Trump's decision to nominate Matthew Whitaker to temporarily serve as acting attorney general because he was not confirmed by the Senate. In a New York Times op-ed, Conway and former solicitor general Neal Katyal wrote that Whitaker's selection is "unconstitutional" and "makes a mockery of our Constitution and our founders' ideals." (Trump responded by calling the prominent lawyer "Mr. Kellyanne Conway" and told reporters that "he's just trying to get publicity for himself" when asked about the op-ed.)

Kellyanne Conway has once spoken out about her husband's habit of writing and bashing her boss, calling his public anti-Trump rants against the commander-in-chief both "disrespectful" and a "violation of basic decency." She also suggested that George's tweets against the president could have possibly violated their "marital vows."

George Conway, however, has hinted that he is ready for his wife to leave her post at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

"If my wife were the counselor to the CEO of Pepsi, and I had a problem with her boss, I would simply drink my Coke and keep my mouth shut," he said. "If the president were simply mediocre or even bad, I'd have nothing to say. This is much different."

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Shira Tarlo

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