Senior White House aide Kellyanne Conway seems to have sided with President Donald Trump against her own husband.
As RedState’s Elizabeth Vaughn highlighted, Conway’s husband has been attacking Trump on a personal level for some time now.
According to Politico, a phone conversation with Conway showed a woman defending her boss against her husband, George Conway. The husband had accused Trump of having a mental disorder, to which Conway said Trump shouldn’t have to take that lying down:
“He left it alone for months out of respect for me,” Conway, a senior Trump aide, told POLITICO in a brief telephone interview. “But you think he shouldn’t respond when somebody, a non-medical professional accuses him of having a mental disorder? You think he should just take that sitting down?”
“Don’t play psychiatrist any more than George should be,” she added. “You’re not a psychiatrist and he’s not, respectfully.”
The back and forth between Trump and Conway’s husband has garnered media attention and fueled a lot of drama on Twitter.
Congratulations! You just guaranteed that millions of more people are going to learn about narcissistic personality disorder and malignant narcissism! Great job! https://t.co/Dk9bI3sBs7
— George Conway (@gtconway3d) March 19, 2019
Conway told Politico that the drama itself could have influenced Trump to send Conway packing, but Conway told Politico that Trump has only treated her with respect:
“The president is obviously defending me,” she said. “He could privately say to me, ‘Honey you’re a distraction. We love you. You’ll always be a part of the family but go be with your kids. They need you. Go make a million dollars an hour. Go do that honey.’ It’s the opposite.”
Conway also told Politico that while the media is making this a large issue, she and Trump have only spoken about her husband’s insults “in passing”:
Conway said she’s talked about Trump’s criticism of her husband to the president “in passing” but such talk is not dominating their discussions with him but is rather something that the media wants to focus on. She declined to comment on whether she wants Trump to stop tweeting against her husband.
She also has made it clear that it hasn’t stopped her from being one of Trump’s most reliable aides:
“Why would it affect my job? Hasn’t everybody tried to push me out already and here I am, stronger than ever,” she said. “You’re looking at it the wrong way.”
“Yesterday George spent the day tweeting about the president,” she noted. “I spent my day doing two one-hour briefings with press and intergovernmental affairs people, agency people from all across the country and then over an hour briefing that I led in the Oval Office with the president and first lady in the cabinet on opioids at one year, so this is what I do here. I think it probably looks differently if everybody is turning into ‘Gossip Girl.’”