President Trump escalated his feud against D.C. lawyer George Conway this morning in a very personal Twitter attack that struck at the heart of his marriage to Trump’s former campaign manager turned media consigliere, Kellyanne Conway.
In a shameful show of the petty vitriol and vicious spite that we’ve come to expect from the most powerful man in the world, Trump tried to emasculate Conway by referring to him as “Mr. Kellyanne Conway” (which would only be offensive to a man like Trump, who clearly considers women to be his inferiors) and slammed him as a “stone cold loser” and a “husband from hell!”
George Conway, often referred to as Mr. Kellyanne Conway by those who know him, is VERY jealous of his wife’s success & angry that I, with her help, didn’t give him the job he so desperately wanted. I barely know him but just take a look, a stone cold LOSER & husband from hell!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 20, 2019
George Conway, a longtime underhanded critic of the president, finally drew the president’s attention with his tweets this weekend in which he accused Trump of having a narcissistic personality disorder and then engaging in a back-and-forth Twitter war with the president, culminating in this tweet today as the president smells blood in the water.
While enormously trite and stupid, the personal attack on the Conways’ marriage brings into sharp relief what the family is doing and how empty Conway’s “criticisms” of the president really are.
By positioning himself as the anti-Trump figure in the family and her incessant efforts to whitewash the president’s appalling behavior and agenda, the Conway family is playing both sides and ensuring that no matter who ends up on top, the family still has access to the circles of power and influence in Washington D.C.
Many have wondered how an ostensible “NeverTrump” Republican could get along with a spouse who is infamous across the country for her preposterous twisting of the truth to excuse the president’s worst actions, and it needs to be recognized as part of a cynical game.
At his heart, George Conway and Rick Wilson and Ben Shapiro and Ben Sasse and Ana Navarro and the rest of those mewling, spineless slugs that make up the “NeverTrump” Republican faction don’t actually disagree with anything Trump is saying or doing, they just are clutching their pearls and tut-tut-tutting about the propriety of it all.
They’re used to the racism and the hatred that Trump openly exhibits being couched in coded language and dogwhistles; they hate the fact that he insults John McCain, who spent the majority of the Trump administration voting for everything Trump wanted; they don’t like having to face the fact that the Republican Party is puppeted by the oligarchs and animated by white supremacy.
Because if they really opposed it, they couldn’t go home and share a quiet dinner with their wife after she spent the day whitewashing the separation of thousands of children from their parents.