Since President Donald Trump’s tenure began 52 days ago his counselor, Kellyanne Conway, has earned a reputation for spouting nonsense on television. Yesterday in an interview with the Bergen County Record in New Jersey, Conway said that “microwaves that turn into cameras” are now a “fact of modern life.”
This followed comments Conway made about the alleged surveillance of the Trump campaign. This development is particularly embarrassing for the Trump Administration, as Conway’s ridiculous claims are not based on observable facts and were not backed up with any evidence.
Conway alluded that the supposed government surveillance on Trump’s campaign involved a lot more sophisticated spying methods than a simple wiretap:
What I can say is there are many ways to surveil each other. You can surveil someone through their phones, certainly through their television sets – any number of ways.
As usual, Conway didn’t back up her claims with any evidence and today she has been trying to backtrack. On ABC’s Good morning America Conway said she “wasn’t making a suggestion about Trump Tower. Those are two separate things.” So what were you talking about, Kellyanne?
ABC News Host George Stephanopolous pressed Conway, saying that was the topic of the question she was asked in the interview. “And I answered him about surveilling generally,” Conway answered. The interviewer asked Conway for some evidence to which she replied:
No, of course I don’t have any evidence of those allegations and that answer has nothing to do with what the president said last week.
News anchors have had enough of Conway’s on-air cognitive dissonance. Today CNN host Chris Cuomo also took Conway to task on her comments and didn’t let her get away with wriggling herself out of direct questions.
Conway is making absolutely no sense. Microwaves don’t have cameras, nor can they be “turned into” one either. Claims as serious as these need to be backed up by evidence, especially if they come from a representative of the White House. Conway seems to realize her blunder, hence her appearance on Good Morning America and CNN this morning, where her attempts at backtracking were astoundingly bad. This rhetorical u-turn is Conway’s poor attempt at damage control, but she’s only digging herself deeper into the hole she began yesterday with the New Jersey interview.
Conway has been a consistent source of embarrassment and controversy for the White House. It can’t be long before they start to reevaluate whether it is worth keeping her. While seeing her go wouldn’t be as satisfying as watching Trump get impeached, at least we wouldn’t have to watch her unbearable TV performances anymore.
Watch Conway’s embarrassing interview with ABC below:
— Good Morning America (@GMA) March 13, 2017