Kellyanne Conway accused the media of election interference after she was asked about Trump pushing Russian propaganda on Fox News.
Transcript via CBS’s Face The Nation:
MARGARET BRENNAN: Why doesn’t the president believe his own Justice Department and intelligence experts?
KELLYANNE CONWAY: But the president has said he accepts that. But also, there are plenty of ways to interfere in election. And respectfully, if we’re doing this we’re back to Mueller–
MARGARET BRENNAN: But he was specifically talking about the DNC server.
KELLYANNE CONWAY: But if we’re doing this, we’re back to Mueller and we’ve already spent two and a half years and thirty five million taxpayer dollars for a Mueller report that was produced in March. It was a big bomb. Mueller testimony in July, a bigger bomb. And if we’re going to go back to that, I think it exposes what didn’t happen on Capitol Hill this week that high crimes and misdemeanors–
MARGARET BRENNAN: But you know that Crowdstrike, that firm that the president keeps bringing up is based here in the United States. It’s a publicly traded firm. It’s, in fact, been hired by Republicans–
KELLYANNE CONWAY: So, here- here’s–
MARGARET BRENNAN: –since that time.
KELLYANNE CONWAY: But here’s what I want to say. And- and I’m glad you mention this, because the July 25th call, MARGARET, the transcript which the whole world has had access to, the president clearly lays out what’s on his mind. As the day after Mueller testifies–
MARGARET BRENNAN: Okay.
KELLYANNE CONWAY: –and then the president looks at it, it’s his turn. He wants to get to the bottom of what happened in 2016 and certainly to avoid that in future. Look, we have done a great deal in our White House, across our administration, to secure our elections in the future. And we agree with that. But I also don’t want- I don’t want the impeachment process. I don’t want members of the mainstream media–
MARGARET BRENNAN: Yeah.
KELLYANNE CONWAY: –which don’t include you, to interfere in the 2020 election the way they tried in the 2016 election. She’s going to win. He has zero percent chance of winning. That’s a different kind of interference, and that’s dangerous, too.
Kellyanne Conway was asked about Trump pushing Russian propaganda on Fox News and responded by accusing the media of “interfering” in the 2020 election by doing their jobs and covering this president. Trump has already gone to the extreme length of working in the private residence because he doesn’t want staff or the press to know what he is doing.
The media isn’t interfering in an election by practicing journalism. Conway was trying to dilute the meaning of election interference by blaming the media, but the real takeaway here is that she was asked about Trump not trusting his own intel community and she fell apart, and attacked the media.
Jason is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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