A major new piece in The Washington Post details the life and turmoil that Kellyanne Conway and her husband George are facing due to her job in the Administration and his intense disdain for Donald Trump. But buried in the story is something that casts a lot of White House denials into question – Kellyanne attempted to get the reporter to change one of the quotes from her to be from “someone close to the couple” so her husband wouldn’t think she’s bashing him in the piece. The “someone close to” part is something we see a lot in reporting on The White House – so could it be that some of these quotes and statements are coming from Kellyanne Conway? Ring of Fire’s Farron Cousins discusses this.


There is a great new kind of exploratory piece, I should call it, in the Washington Post that really takes a good look at the marriage between Kellyanne Conway and her husband, George. For those of you who haven’t been paying attention along at home, George Conway is a huge Donald Trump critic. He is now, he used to love Donald Trump. He wept on election night, and he freely admits that because he was so happy that Trump won. Well, now he hates Trump, and he tweets about it constantly. He attacks him on Twitter. He fact checks him. He refutes his more dubious legal claims on Twitter, it’s quite fun to watch actually if you have a little bit of time.

So obviously, Kellyanne Conway, being Donald Trump’s biggest lying supporter, married to a guy who spends his days trolling Donald Trump on Twitter, surely there’s going to be some friction in that relationship and according to this new Washington Post piece there absolutely is. Reporter Ben Terrace actually spent time with the Conway’s in their home, went hiking with them to kind of really get the story, get to know these people and try to present them as, “Hey, they’re just like every couple out there that argues about things, and they laugh about things, and aren’t they just decent people overall?” For the most part the entire article is not worth your time whatsoever so don’t bother reading it. We all knew they were going to have some issues and butt heads quite a bit because he hates Trump, and she loves Trump but there is something buried in that article that is probably one of the most important things that we have learned about this Administration in months, and I’m going to read it to you.

The reporter says, “You told me you found George’s tweets disrespectful.”

Kellyanne responds, “It is disrespectful. It’s a violation of basic decency, certainly, if not marital vows … as a person familiar with the relationship.”

No, we’re on the record here. You can’t say after the fact, “as someone familiar”.

Kellyanne then says, “I told you everything about his tweets is off the record.”

Reporter says, “No, that’s not true. That never happened.”

Kellyanne: “Well people do see it this way. People do see it that way. I don’t say I do, but people see it that way.”

In the middle of an interview, now this actually took place a few days after Terrace had met with them and was already working on the piece Kellyanne … they had a phone conversation to follow-up here or maybe it was in person, I don’t know, but they had this conversation. She’s trashing her husband for his tweets and tries to tell the reporter at that point to list it as somebody else saying that. As “someone familiar with their relationship” told me, rather than “As Kellyanne Conway said.” I dare say that this entire article buried the lead because that was it. Kellyanne Conway is sitting there talking to the reporter but because she doesn’t want her own husband to know that she’s trashing him in the Washington Post, she wanted the reporter to just list her instead as “someone familiar with their relationship”.

How many times have we read articles that we see Donald Trump get pissed about, we see his supporters comment on our videos when we talk about him, that lists the source as “someone close to Trump, someone familiar with the Administration, as a senior anonymous staffer”? Those little phrases pop up in stories every single day. So I ask you this, how likely is it that some of those are Kellyanne Conway? After all, we have proof right here that she attempted to be listed as an anonymous source in this article about her and her husband. So if she is willing to trash her husband or lay out all the dirt about him and her marriage but wants to be listed as an anonymous source, don’t you think it’s a little likely that she would do the same thing to her boss that she allegedly loves just like she allegedly loves her husband because I sure as hell do.

And from this point forward I’m going to look at any article that lists an anonymous Trump staffer or someone close to Trump … I’m going to look at it as if it is coming from Kellyanne Conway because what she did in this interview here is not something that she just thought of at the spur of the moment. She knows what she’s doing and this sounds like the actions of a woman who had done this plenty of times in the past.

Farron Cousins is the executive editor of The Trial Lawyer magazine and a contributing writer at DeSmogBlog.com. He is the co-host / guest host for Ring of Fire Radio. His writings have appeared on Alternet, Truthout, and The Huffington Post. Farron received his bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of West Florida in 2005 and became a member of American MENSA in 2009. Follow him on Twitter @farronbalanced