The president's counselor says Trump tweets to cut out 'the middleman'
Kellyanne Conway has offered her take on President Donald Trump’s controversial “face-lift” tweet against MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinksi. Appearing on Fox and Friends, the counselor to POTUS argued that Trump was defending himself, while his tweeting habit at large is a way to cut out “the middleman” and give Americans “the information they need.”
“It’s incredible to watch people play armchair psychologists, outwardly ridiculing the president’s physicalities, his mental state, calling him names that you wouldn’t want children to call people on the playground, you would punish them for doing that, and then all of a sudden feigning shock when he wants to fight back and defend himself and hopefully change the conversation,” Conway said in a clip from the Fox News segment.
On Thursday, Trump attacked “low I.Q. Crazy Mike” Brzezinski and her Morning Joe co-host “Psycho Joe” Scarborough. He claimed they came “to Mar-a-Lago 3 nights in a row around New Year’s Eve and insisted on joining me. She was bleeding badly from a face-lift. I said no!”
Conway claimed “a lot of people on TV” don’t cover most of Trump’s tweeting about “policy, bilateral meetings, what the president is doing here at the White House, what the cabinet is doing, foreign policy, ISIS, [and] terrorist attacks,” but rather focus on “these cherry-picked social media usage.” She continued: “The president is conveying his ideas and his policies to the American people to his vast social media platform because the middleman can’t be trusted to connect Americans with the information they need.”
On the contrary, news media has been very focused on Trump’s actions as president, including his Middle East-honed travel ban, his administration’s health care plan, his rescinding of transgender student bathroom protections, his plan to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Accords, his proposed budget cuts, and the investigation into possible collusion with Russian officials.
Conway also claimed Trump is fighting for “America’s women, millions of whom do not have health care, millions of whom do not have jobs, millions of whom are one paycheck away from economic desperation.” However, his plan for budget cuts and health care would drastically cut funding to Planned Parenthood, a major resource for women across the country.
“I do not like the way the president is spoken about for hours upon hours upon hours,” she said. “I think it’s really corrosive for the body of politics and it also just denies people information.”
Watch a clip from Conway’s interview below and her full appearance on Fox and Friends here.
The White House, through Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, also defended Trump’s Brzezinski tweets. “I don’t think that the president has ever been someone who gets attacked and doesn’t push back,” Sanders said. “There have been outrageous personal attacks not just on him but on everyone around him. People on that show have personally attacked me many times. This is a president who fights fire with fire, and certainly will not be allowed to be bullied by liberal media, or the liberal elites within the media, or Hollywood, or anywhere else.”
In their own response to Trump’s tweets against them, Brzezinski and Scarborough called the president’s mental health into question, citing his dramatic lashing out over their news program. “President Trump launched personal attacks against us Thursday, but our concerns about his unmoored behavior go far beyond the personal,” they said in a statement. “America’s leaders and allies are asking themselves yet again whether this man is fit to be president. We have our doubts, but we are both certain that the man is not mentally equipped to continue watching our show, Morning Joe.”