Has the nation just seen Kellyanne Conway’s baggage arrive? Up until today, Kellyanne Conway, who is the senior White House counselor, seemed to line her world with pro-Trump people and pro-Trump actions. It looks like her husband George Conway is going to give his wife a run for her money after he sent out a tweet offering a piece of his mind about Trump’s latest tweets.
George Conway apparently took it upon himself to become one of the masses who hop on the social media sites to swipe at Trump. Doesn’t he know who signs his wife’s paychecks? Kellyanne does a good job of stepping up and explaining Donald Trump’s choices, but she has her hands full doing this. It looks as if her husband just gave Kellyanne a lot more work.
Trump’s been on the Twitter horn chastising the Justice Department for submitting a “watered-down” and “politically correct” version of his travel ban. He said that the department shouldn’t have submitted their version to the Supreme Court. He did this in a series of Tweets that are making headlines today.
After Trump’s tweets hit the online world, George Conway took to Twitter on Monday to say the following.
“These tweets may make some ppl (people) feel better, but they certainly won’t help OSG (Office of the Solicitor General) get 5 votes in SCOTUS, (Supreme Court of the United States) which is what actually matters. Sad.”
According to CNN News, Conway did confirm that it was his Twitter account and that he did indeed send the tweet. Since CNN is a credible source, you can be reassured that it isn’t fake news or that it wasn’t a hacker attempting a ploy at causing marital discord between Kellyanne and her husband.
CNN had previously learned that Trump was eyeing George Conway to head the Justice Department’s civil division. The president was expected to nominate Kellyanne’s husband for that post, which “handles legal challenges to major administration initiatives” Trump had also considered George Conway for solicitor general,” according to CNN.
Family obligations won’t allow him to take either of these posts, which is the excuse Conway gave last week when he bowed out of being considered for these positions. Once George Conway’s tweet made the headlines and the buzz online started, he took to Twitter once again to explain his position that he had earlier shared in that tweet. In a series of four tweets Conway conveyed the following.
“Just to be clear, and in response to inquiries, I still VERY, VERY STRONGLY support POTUS, his Admin, policies, the executive order and of course, my wonderful wife. Which is why I said what I said this morning. Every sensible lawyer in (White House Counsel Office) and every political appointee at DOJ wd agree with me (as some have already told me). The pt cannot be stressed enough that tweets on legal matters seriously undermine Admin agenda and POTUS–and those who support him, as I do, need to reinforce that pt and not be shy about it.”
Conway was sure to clarify that President Trump had his support and he also threw in the bit about “my wonderful wife” which was sure to get him some points back at home tonight, but he didn’t stray from his original message. He also stressed his need to bring this out and “not be shy about it.”
The New York Daily News coupled Conway backing out of being considered for a position in Trump’s administration and Conway’s original tweet today. According to The New York Daily News, “That position would have put Conway in charge of defending Trump against all lawsuits against the administration. That includes the travel ban that Conway warns Trump is undercutting his own actions.”
Conway did say in a statement that he didn’t want to be considered for the position because of family obligations, but The New York Daily News suggest there might be another agenda. They convey, “this tweet suggests that Trump’s impulsive, self-destructive behavior played a role in Conway’s decision not to take the job.”
Fox News is another big media name suggesting that Kellyanne’s husband “took a swipe” at Trump in these tweets. Many found it odd that George Conway would do this when his wife is considered Trump’s right-hand person. This is a job that Kellyanne works really hard at and part of her job is having the appearance that she’s on Trump’s side. With her husband’s tweet today it looks as if there could be some discord in the Conway home over Trump’s actions.
George Conway also posted a link to an article on the Washington Post, which analyzed what the president’s tweets could do to Trump’s administration’s defense in the Supreme Court regarding his travel ban. The Washington Post’s take on Trump’s tweets was that they could be harmful to Trump’s cause. Trump tweet claimed that the Justice Department submitted a “watered down” version of the travel ban to the Supreme Court and neither the Washington Post or George Conway saw this as being helpful to his cause, which is what Conway was also attempting to convey with his original tweet.
Kellyanne’s husband wrote, “good analysis” when offering up a link to that article, so there was no doubt about him agreeing with the speculation being presented by the Washington Post writer.
Conway is a partner at the firm Wachtel, Lipton, Rosen & Katz. As far as Twitter goes, the man is basically an amateur at tweeting his thoughts. Since he’s been a Twitter user, he has sent out 93 tweets and the last time he tweeted was back in December of 2015. Back then he saw a Giant’s video that he decided to retweet, which was quite generic compared to the several tweets he sent out today.
The fact that George Conway hasn’t used Twitter in about a year and a half seems to suggest that he isn’t a man who hops on Twitter to send out his unfiltered thoughts. It just seems rather odd that he would publicly criticize Trump with Kellyanne, his wife, in the position that she is in. Some folks took to social media today sharing their thoughts on what this will mean for Kellyanne Conway’s job? As the Twitter user Ursula Moon below suggests, maybe Kellyanne and her family should start packing?
Wouldn’t you like to be a fly on the wall at the Conway household this evening? According to Fox News, George started tweeting his thoughts at the same time his wife was on the air defending the president’s agenda to the nation. What do you think the dinner conversation between Kellyanne and George will sound like after the series of tweets he posted today?
George Conway is virtually a non-tweeter and one has to wonder why he chooses this subject at this specific time to possibly upset the applecart for Kellyanne’s job. Not that this would put her job in jeopardy, but it certainly is going to make more work for her when she’s asked by reporters her thoughts on what her husband posted on Twitter.
Kellyanne has not commented on her husband’s tweets, but the next time she is in front of an open mic with reporters surrounding her you can bet the farm that one of the first questions asks will be about George’s swipe at the president via Twitter. As far as how Trump will handle this, well that’s anybody’s guess. He could come out swinging or ignore this altogether.
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