Donald Trump must have had another nightmare, or maybe he even wet the bed. Upon awakening, he grabbed for his phone, like Linus for his blanket and tweeted out into the ethernet, “Where’s the Whistleblower?” (Pssst…one’s in the closet and the rest are under the bed, Donny, and there are more coming…think about that while going to sleep tonight.) George Conway apparently interpreted the tweet as infantile as well, because his response was to patiently explain to the Infant in Chief how all of this works in the real world.
The answer, @realDonaldTrump, is, it doesn’t matter. We know you’re not too bright, so we’ll make this simple for you. Let’s suppose you’re walking down Fifth Avenue, and you see a bunch of people running out of a bank. They’re yelling: https://t.co/XPdu9UUpfq
— George Conway (@gtconway3d) October 26, 2019
They don’t talk to you. And they don’t need to. They have all the evidence they need.
For the same reason, Congress doesn’t need to talk to the whistleblower. They have many other witnesses. They have the memo of your call. And you, Rudy, and Mulvaney have all confessed.
— George Conway (@gtconway3d) October 26, 2019
Probably the greatest mystery in Washington D.C. is how Kellyanne and George Conway stay married, when Kellyanne spends her life spinning, lying and gaslighting for Donald Trump and George devotes a good portion of his to deflating Trump’s bubble. George Conway recently revised his Twitter profile, to reflect in no uncertain terms exactly where he stands with respect to his wife’s boss.
“Lawyer. Human scum who believes real power is truth. Windmill cancer survivor. And “not part of whatever drug deal Sondland and Mulvaney are cooking up.”
The Conways both demur when asked to go on record explaining their all-too-blatant differences of opinion, with respect to Trump, which have been public since June of 2017, when George Conway criticized Trump’s travel ban on Twitter. Since then, he has made it plain that he’s an adversary of Trump, which has only escalated speculation about the differences between George and Kellyanne. It’s even been opined that Kellyanne is the famed White House leaker of legend and lore, and/or the author of her husband’s Twitter account. And a few days ago, Kellyanne went off on a reporter for the conservative Washington Examiner, and that conversation shed some interesting light on how Kellyanne views her relationship with her husband.
[If you’re not familiar with this particular fracas, the back story is that Kellyanne’s name was floated as a possible replacement for chief of staff Mick Mulvaney. A reporter for the Washington Examiner mentioned George Conway’s tweets in connection with the story, and Kellyanne took issue with that, to put it mildly.]
Conway: Hey, Caitlin. Kellyanne Conway. So I just am wondering why in God’s earth you would need to mention anything about George Conway’s tweets in an article that talks about me as possibly being chief of staff. Other than it looks to me like there’s no original reporting here, you just read Twitter and other people’s stuff, which I guess is why you don’t pick up the phone when people call from the White House because if it’s not on Twitter or it’s not on cable TV, it’s not real. I’m just wondering why you would have, A — why or what ever would give you the idea that I’m, quote, caught in the middle of some of these Twitter feeds and the president of the United States, B — who would be able to tell you that except for me? We’ve never talked, as far as I know.
Yilek: We have never talked. I did cite the Bloomberg News article. And the reason I didn’t pick up the call was because it said it was from Egypt, and I called it right back. In terms of mentioning George Conway, it’s relevant context
Conway: I know it’s just for clicks, but you’re going to have to give me, like, a journalistic reason here, especially if you admit that you just are repeating what another news source said and the president disputed that anyway. So, it’s sort of, like, doubly embarrassing. There’s no original reporting. If you’re going to call yourself a reporter, let’s see some reporting. There’s no original reporting, and then, it’s just lazy. Respectfully, of course, it’s just lazy to talk about somebody’s Twitter feed. Do you talk about other people’s spouses in your pieces, ’cause I’ve been looking around, I haven’t learned a single thing from any of your pieces, and I’m just wondering if you routinely talk about people’s spouses.
Yilek: Uh, yes. My editor requires us to put in context about people’s families or spouses when it’s relevant.
Conway: Why is it relevant here? George’s position is what?
Yilek: That he’s against the president and the president has attacked him back.
[Trump called George Conway “a wack job” and “the Husband from hell.”]
George Conway, often referred to as Mr. Kellyanne Conway by those who know him, is VERY jealous of his wife’s success & angry that I, with her help, didn’t give him the job he so desperately wanted. I barely know him but just take a look, a stone cold LOSER & husband from hell!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 20, 2019
Conway: Uh, well, the president is supportive of me. You mean last March?
Yilek: If that’s when —
Conway: You mean seven months ago?
Yilek: If that’s when he last attacked George Conway, then yes.
Conway: You don’t know when that was?
Yilek: I don’t know the date off the top of my head.
Conway: Is this forever going to be relevant? You’re the, quote, breaking news reporter, is what it says here. And I’m just trying to understand what the breaking news was there.
Yilek: I’d be happy to have you talk —
Conway: So far, I don’t see breaking news, and so far, I don’t see reporter. So, I’m just trying to understand either one, let alone all three together.
Yilek: I would be happy to have you talk to my editor.
Conway: Um, yes, so, always, right, exactly. You’re really going places. Let me tell you something, from a powerful woman. Don’t pull the crap where you’re trying to undercut another woman based on who she’s married to. He gets his power through me, if you haven’t noticed. Not the other way around. [FYI, George Conway was Paula Jones’ attorney before he met Kellyanne. He’s not a lightweight.] And if these are the, quote, standards, unquote, at the Washington Examiner, then yes, I’d be happy to talk to your editor. But I’ve known your editor since before you were born. So, I can call your editor either way. I’m just trying to give you a chance to explain why you think what you wrote qualifies as breaking news or reporting.
The conversation went on in this vein for a short time longer and ended with Kellyanne’s not-so-veiled threat that if the reporter continued to cover her “personal life” that the White House “is welcome to do the same around here.” Clearly, some nerve got struck for Kellyanne, or she wouldn’t have picked up the phone to begin with, much less berated the reporter. Meanwhile, George Conway keeps on tweeting his utter contempt for Trump, even as Kellyanne goes on Fox News to try to save Trump’s face — not to mention his ass. Friday, Kellyanne babbled for twenty minutes in the driveway of the White House about everything from parking tickets to journalists’ “presumptive negativity,” desperately hoping that her argument that the Ukraine call was not a quid pro quo made sense to somebody — preferably somebody who could vote. As the old Charlie Rich song says, “no one knows what goes on behind closed doors.” Nowhere is that line more applicable in Washington, D.C. than the Conway residence.