Kellyanne Conway’s husband, George Conway, today criticized the president for going after the Justice Department on Twitter.
The tweets in question were directed at his top aides, and other prominent players in his administration, who tried to portray Trump’s suspension of visas from six Muslim-majority countries as something other than a travel ban.
“People, the lawyers and the courts can call it whatever they want, but I am calling it what we need and what it is, a TRAVEL BAN!”
“The Justice Dept. should have stayed with the original Travel Ban, not the watered down, politically correct version they submitted to S.C.”
“The Justice Dept. should ask for an expedited hearing of the watered down Travel Ban before the Supreme Court – & seek much tougher version!”
George Conway reacted to the tweets with a tweet of his own, that lamented Trump’s behavior as “Sad.”
“These tweets may make some ppl feel better, but they certainly won’t help OSG get 5 votes in SCOTUS, which is what actually matters. Sad.”
Conway was in the running to be appointed as head of the Department of Justice’s Civil Division. Last week, he withdrew from consideration. His announcement of his withdrawal was tagged with a pledge of continued support of Trump’s administration.
He also made his support clear on Twitter. “I still VERY, VERY STRONGLY support POTUS, his Admin, policies, the executive order and of course, my wonderful wife,” he Tweeted.
Which is why “I said what I said this morning. Every sensible lawyer in WHCO 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.”
Kellyanne Conway is still a strong Trump supporter. Earlier today, she criticized the media and what she perceives as their “obsession with covering everything [Donald Trump] says on Twitter and very little of what he does as president.”
Donald Trump’s relationship with the media is the most contentious of any presidency in recent history. Or really in any stretch of historical memory. He has been criticized for sidestepping the usual optics vetting that goes into official presidential statements, insisting on authoring his own tweets and directly antagonizing his adversaries in politics and the media. It’s an approach to the presidency that may set a precedent, for better or for worse.