In a predictable return to Republican talking points, Kellyanne Conway has called into question Democrats’ patriotism because they “say the word ‘Russia’ more than they say ‘America.’”
Starting at the 2:20 mark, Conway launches into her wholly unsurprising rant.
Somehow, the Counselor to the President has perverted Democrats attempting to get to the bottom of Russia meddling in our democratic election to mean “they have no message,” “no direction,” and “no compunction whatsoever to try to cooperate with this White House.” She’s right; Democrats seem much more intent on figuring out how Trump colluded with the Kremlin to undermine the integrity of our election than blindly cooperating with him while he attempts to enact unconstitutional legislation.
This is not the first time that Conway has pulled this page from the GOP playbook. In past interviews, she has tried to blame the media for focusing on Trump instead of terrorism.
“Imagine if the mainstream media, every time they said Russia, said ISIS. Every time they said Twitter, they said terrorists, how different it might be.”
To answer Conway’s quandary, if that were the case, the media would be reporting that the Trump campaign colluded with ISIS to influence the 2016 election, and that he is using terrorists to impulsively disseminate false – and self-sabotaging – information.
It seems that the only people not concerned with the Russia scandal are the Trump administration and Republicans in Congress. Former CIA Director John Brennan said of Russian efforts to interfere in our democracy that it’s “something we need to, with every last ounce of devotion to this country, resist.” Former FBI Director James Comey said that Russia is “coming after America, which I hope we all love equally.”
While the Trump administration continues their campaign to normalize Russian meddling, the American people have made it clear that they’re not willing to let it slide, as Trump might hope. Kellyanne Conway may try to use sophomoric tactics to deceive people into thinking that saying the word “Russian” is unpatriotic, but a real patriot would defend the United States from a blatant and unprecedented attack by a hostile foreign adversary.
Brian Tyler Cohen is a political writer, actor, and comedy sketch director. He graduated from Lehigh University with a dual degree in English and Business. He currently lives in Los Angeles.