George Conway is not a household name – at least not yet – and that’s probably the way his wife, Kellyanne, likes it. Having to deal with the mega ego of President Trump all day at work, it’s probably been a nice distraction for Kellyanne Conway to come home to the peace and quiet of an otherwise anonymous marriage.
That tranquil anonymity is quickly evaporating, however, as George has gained more and more attention in recent weeks for his stealthy but undeniably anti-Trump tweets. When CNN’s Dana Bash confronted Kellyanne in April about her husband’s new found fame conducting a silent campaign highly critical of her boss, she absolutely lost it.
“It’s fascinating that CNN would go there but very good for the whole world to have just witnessed that it is now fair game what people’s — how people’s spouses and significant others may differ with them. I’m really surprised and gratified to see that,” she said indignantly.
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Later, she added that, “this is a ‘cross the Rubicon’ moment,” and “CNN chose to go there. I think that’s going to be fascinating moving forward. And don’t deny that…”
It’s now Mid-May, and George Conway’s tweets are as biting as ever. On Thursday, he sent out a somewhat cryptic set of statistics without much context on their own. But those numbers were accompanied by a link to an article by conservative commentator Ben Shapiro describing the emerging age gap in the Republican Party.
The two stats capture the number of Republicans ages 25-34 and 35-44, respectively, who want to see someone mount a primary challenge against President Trump in the run-up to the 2020 presidential election.
ages 25-34: 57% yes
ages 35-44: 58% yes https://t.co/sR7cOPNis4
— George Conway (@gtconway3d) May 10, 2018
57% of 25 to 34-year-olds, and 58% of 35 to 44-year-olds (over half!) think Trump should have to face a virtually unprecedented primary challenge before he advances to the November ballot for reelection.
On the one hand, those numbers have to be alarming to the White House. On the other, what the hell is George Conway actually trying to say with this tweet?
Is he calling for his wife’s boss to be primaried by a more conventional Republican candidate? Only once in American history has a party denied a sitting president a chance to pursue a second term, and that was way back before the Civil War.
Franklin Pierce, the 14th president of the United States, was so unpopular for failing to contain slavery from expanding into the Midwest that the Democrats named James Buchanan their candidate in 1856.
The only other sitting president of note to even face the threat of a primary challenge was Jimmy Carter, who had to see off a brief surge by Senator Ted Kennedy before getting demolished by Ronald Reagan in 1980.
While it’s too early to project what the political climate will look like when campaigns for the 2020 presidential election start to ramp-up, it’s not too early to predict what side of any potential primary battle George Conway will fall on.