‘Whack job’: Trump escalates feud with Conway’s husband
Kellyanne Conway’s spouse is a “husband from hell!” President Donald Trump declared Wednesday, escalating his awkward public fight with the husband of one of his closest advisers. A “whack job,” he added later.
Trump’s feud with George Conway played out with ever more heated rhetoric on social media. Conway, an attorney who has questioned Trump’s mental health, fired back after Trump’s latest tweet, saying the president seems “determined to prove my point.”
The caustic exchanges also drew a response from Kellyanne Conway, the longtime Republican pollster who served as Trump’s third campaign manager before joining the administration as a counselor to the president.
Conway, who is considered one of Trump’s top advisers and is a high-profile face on television defending him, told Politico that Trump had avoided targeting her husband for months “out of respect for me.” But she added: “You think he shouldn’t respond when somebody, a nonmedical professional, accuses him of having a mental disorder? You think he should just take that sitting down?”
Trump on Wednesday called Conway’s husband “A total loser!” He claimed George Conway was “VERY jealous of his wife’s success” and was assailing the president because Trump “didn’t give him the job he so desperately wanted.” In fact, it was George Conway who took himself out of consideration for a position with the Justice Department, citing family considerations.
SDLqI barely know him, but just take a look,” Trump added on Twitter, “a stone cold LOSER & husband from hell!”
Speaking to reporters later as he left the White House for a trip to Ohio, Trump called George Conway a “whack job” and said he’s doing a “tremendous disservice” to his wife and family.
Meanwhile, casting aside rare censure from Republican lawmakers, Trump aimed new blasts of invective at the late John McCain on Wednesday, even claiming credit for the senator’s moving Washington funeral and complaining he was never properly thanked.
By the time the president began his anti-McCain tirade in Ohio, several leading Republicans had signaled a new willingness to defy Trump by defending the Vietnam War veteran as a hero seven months after he died of brain cancer. One GOP senator called Trump’s remarks “deplorable.”
Trump then launched a lengthy rant in which he claimed without citing evidence that McCain had pushed for a war and failed America’s veterans.
McCain’s family made clear that Trump was not welcome during the weeklong, cross-country ceremonies that the senator had planned himself. Instead, McCain invited former Presidents George W. Bushand Barack Obama to deliver eulogies on the value of pursuing goals greater than oneself. Trump signed off on the military transport of McCain’s body, went golfing and was uncharacteristically quiet on Twitter during the Washington events.