This was Kellyanne Conway at her best.
The White House counselor to President Donald Trump was one of the Trump campaign’s most effective weapons in the media during the battle for the presidency in 2016, and might have done more to win over America’s women than anyone but the candidate himself.
Judging by the way she handled NBC’s Chuck Todd during a “Meet the Press” interview over the weekend, she hasn’t lost a step with the transition into government.
In first interview with the White House counselor after the new president was sworn into office, Todd could have talked about just about anything of national interest. Instead, he chose to pick a fight with Conway over disputed numbers about the crowd size watching Trump’s inauguration on the National Mall Friday. She made him regret it.
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With the flair she showed during the campaign – when she took on hostile interviewers from the mainstream media and liberal talk shows like “The View” — Conway took what Todd thought was his greatest strength and turned it into his biggest weakness.
Even while he called the issue the “smallest, pettiest thing” to be talking about in the days after the inauguration of a new president, Todd devoted his entire interview with the White House counselor to the inauguration crowd size.
Conway didn’t miss a beat – and turned the argument back on him.
“Let me tell you something else,” she said. “I’m really glad that NBC News and Chuck Todd all the sudden are so thrilled to cover crowd control, because we were mocked daily for talking about the significance of our historic rallies during the campaign.
“Donald Trump brought in historic crowds … on great days we were ignored, and on our low days we were mocked.”
At another point in the interview, she really lowered the boom.
“You did not not answer the question of why the president asked the White House press secretary to come out in front of the podium for the first time and utter a falsehood,” Todd nagged. “Why did he do that? It undermines the credibility of the entire White House press office on day one.”
“Don’t be so overly dramatic about it Chuck,” Conway answered, like she was talking to one of her four children.
Perfect. Todd called the crowd-size issue “petty” then tried to turn the argument into a reason for media not to trust the administration. Conway used the argument to prove why the administration – and by extension, the American people – actually can’t trust the media.
Then she called him “overly dramatic,” to boot, like he was an adolescent having an adolescent tantrum.
It’s exactly the way the mainstream media need to be handled in the era of open warfare that lies ahead for the Trump administration. There are going to be a lot of tantrums ahead.
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