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Sunday, August 21, 2016

 
Kellyanne Conway, human pretzel

by digby











Conway will be forgiven for saying ridiculously dishonest things like this because she's a hired gun and everyone expects them to lie. But this is one whopper she should never be allowed to forget. George Stephanopoulos confronted her with her own comments when she was working for Ted Cruz's Super PAC in which she was critical of Trump's personal insults:

STEPHANOPOULOS: So what changed for you?

And do you stand by those comments?

CONWAY: I do. And the reason is I don't like when people hurl personal insults. That will never change. That's not my style. I'm a mother of four shall children. And it would be a terrible example for me to feel otherwise --

STEPHANOPOULOS: You think Mr. Trump's going to change on that?

CONWAY: Well, but he doesn't hurl personal insults.
Uh huh:
The 250 People, Places and Things Donald
Trump Has Insulted on Twitter: A Complete List


Since declaring his candidacy for president last June, Donald Trump has used Twitter to lob insults at presidential candidates, journalists, news organizations, nations, a Neil Young song and even a lectern in the Oval Office. We know this because we’ve read, tagged and quoted them all. Below, a directory of sorts, with links to the original tweets. Insults within the last 60 days are highlighted.

I don't envy her trying to do the impossible which is to make Trump warm and fuzzy for college educated white people. But she is gamely trying, even though it's making her look like a fool.

Like this, from her interview with David Muir in which he asked who Trump was referring to when he expressed "regrets."
"Sometimes, in the heat of debate, and speaking on a multitude of issues, you don’t choose the right words or you say the wrong thing. I have done that, and believe it or not I regret it," Trump said. "I do regret it, particularly where it may have caused personal pain.” 
"He was talking about anyone who feels offended by anything he said," Conway elaborated today. 
"He took extra time yesterday going over that speech with a pen so that was a decision he made. Those are his words." 
Conway did not clarify whether Trump would apologize for specific comments or whether he would personally apology to the parents of Capt. Khan. 
“He may. But I certainly hope they heard him," she said. "I hope America heard him because of all the people, David, who have been saying, 'Hey, let's get Trump to pivot, let's get him to be more presidential.' That is presidential.”
That is definitely not presidential. The fact that he used his own words to express regret is not believable in the first place, but more importantly the fact that she felt she had to say he used his very own pen on the speech suggests the image of a juvenile. Which he is. His insults prove it.

Real apologies are not sent out to "anyone who might be offended." They are specific.  And look at the face Trump pulled when he said it:



But she's got a job to do. And it's not easy.

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