Conservative lawyer George Conway has become one of the most notable critics of President Donald Trump in part for his tight legal analysis of the administration's dubious machinations — but also because he's married to one of the White House's most prominent defenders, Kellyanne Conway.
And Monday night, George Conway received pushback for his role as an administration gadfly from an unexpected source: Eric Trump.
In response to the president's tweet Monday morning praising Roger Stone for having the "guts" not to testify against him, George Conway tweeted "File under '18 U.S.C. §§ 1503, 1512'" — citing the criminal statute defining witness tampering.
Monday night, Eric Trump tweeted: "Of all the ugliness in politics, the utter disrespect George Conway shows toward his wife, her career, place of work, and everything she has fought SO hard to achieve, might top them all. @KellyannePolls is great person and frankly his actions are horrible."
It was an odd response for several reasons.
First, it's bizarre for the president's family to comment so publicly about one of his aide's marriages, unprompted.
Second, the comment itself misses the mark. George Conway's latest criticism, like all his criticism, was a precise and reasoned rebuke of the president — not his own wife. It represents a clear and stark divide of opinion in the marriage, but his decision to share his views on the subject are no more "horrible" or disrespectful than hers is.
In fact, Kellyanne Conway has been caught being more blatantly disrespectful to her husband. During an interview with the Washington Post, she tried to go off the record and make comments about her husband as an anonymous source, despite the fact that the reporter didn't agree to provide her with anonymity. She said of her husband's public comments, "It is disrespectful, it’s a violation of basic decency, certainly, if not marital vows." Trying to make such remarks behind the veil of anonymity is surely more disrespectful than being open and honest about your legal and political opinion.
Finally, for Eric Trump — or any Trump — to comment about anyone's marriage, given his father's and brother's publicly known marital histories, is just hypocritical and tacky.