Queen of Diamonds: “Alternative Facts” Kellyanne Conway, ever-enabling Trump

Promoting Trump’s False ‘Voting Fraud’ Narrative: 
  • 2017: “Well, I won’t reveal private conversations with the president, Judy, but I will tell you that what the president is talking about is registration and voter rolls. He knows there are dead people registered, there are illegal people registered, and he wants to get to the bottom of that without an election on the horizon.  PBS News Hour, pbs.com, Jan. 26, 2017 
  • 2017: “Alternative facts”: Kellyanne Conway, counselor to President Trump, said the White House press secretary gave “alternative facts” when he inaccurately described the inauguration crowd as “the largest ever” during his first appearance before the press this weekend. nbcnews.com, June 22, 2017
  • 2021: More “alternative facts”: Conway praised Trump for his response to the U.S. Capitol riots. thehill.com, Jan. 7, 2021 
  • The very next day – President Trump appoints Conway to the board of visitors of the U.S. Air Force Academy.  airforcetimes.com. Jan. 8, 2021
  • 2022: In interview with Fox host Laura Ingram Conway calls out Kelly Anne Conway for brazenly attributing GOP’s 2022 midterm election losses to Republicans’s failure to use mail-in ballots, not to Trump’s concerted efforts to overturn the 2020 election. 
  • 2023: Conway declares Trump opponents suffer from “Trump Derangement Syndrome”, opposing Trump for reasons unrelated to their love of democracy and his well-documented attemots to undermine it. https://www.nytimes.com/2023/01/13/opinion/donald-trump-joe-biden
  • 2023: “[Trump] always appreciated so much and understood the value she brought to 2016. Without her, it wouldn’t have happened.”
  • 2024: Trump would enter a second term backed by a slew of policy shops staffed by loyalists who have drawn up detailed plans in service of his agenda, which would concentrate the powers of the state in the hands of a man whose appetite for power appears all but insatiable. “I don’t think it’s a big mystery what his agenda would be,” says his close adviser Kellyanne Conway. “But I think people will be surprised at the alacrity with which he will take action.”  https://time.com/6972021/donald-trump-2024-election-interview/

 

Kellyanne Conway Thinks Republicans Can Win Back Women in 2024 by Saying, “We Took Away Your Abortion Rights, but We’re Letting You Keep Contraception”

BESS LEVIN

JANUARY 2, 2024

https://www.vanityfair.com/news/kellyanne-conway-republicans-abortion-contraception-2024
[Excerpt:]

Now, with the 2024 election less than a year away, what are Republicans running for higher office to do? According to GOP strategist and Donald Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway, the answer is simple: make their campaign slogan something like, “Yeah, we took away your reproductive rights, but, hey, we’re letting you keep contraception, and that’s something!”Politico reports that Conway plans to tell Republican lawmakers that the key to big wins this year is to focus less on the gutting of abortion access, and more on vocally supporting access to birth control, the logic apparently being that people will be grateful for what they can get (and too dumb to notice what they’re not getting).

 

The Complicated Truth About Trump 2024

The former president may already be running for president again—or it may be a lot of bluster.

By Peter Nicholas

[Excerpt:]
When families gather for Thanksgiving this week, it’s a fair bet that there will be a lot more people stewing over Trump than musing about the sitting president, Joe Biden. “
This will be the sixth consecutive Thanksgiving where Trump talk will be on the menu,” Kellyanne Conway, a former counselor to the president, told me. “People are still obsessed with him.”
Trump wants to keep it that way. His status within the GOP helps him command the boundless attention he craves, and he’s not about to lose that dominance without a fight. He lashed back at [former New Jersey Governor Chris] Christie’s impertinence in suggesting that it’s time to accept that Biden won the 2020 election. Christie, Trump said in a statement, was “absolutely massacred” for such heresy.
 

Laura Ingraham Lashes Out Over Warnock Victory: ‘I’m Pissed Tonight!’

Ingraham, who has been distancing herself from Trump recently, blasted GOP leadership and seemingly her own colleagues over what she saw as a “winnable race.”

Ingraham, who has been distancing herself from Trump recently, blasted GOP leadership and seemingly her own colleagues over what she saw as a “winnable race.”

Fox News host Laura Ingraham didn’t mince words after her network called the Georgia Senate runoff race for incumbent Democrat Raphael Warnock on Tuesday night.

“I’m pissed tonight, frankly,” the conservative primetime star fumed over the loss by Republican nominee Herschel Walker.

Weeks after Republicans vastly underperformed in this year’s midterm elections amid expectations of a “red tsunami,” the final insult was delivered when Democrats expanded their majority in the Senate. And as was the case with other congressional and statewide races last month, the loser in the Georgia runoff was endorsed early on by former President Donald Trump.

Trump wasn’t alone in elevating Walker, who gave the Republican Party headache after headache over his abortion scandals, domestic abuse allegations, and multiple fabrications and embellishments, among other controversies. In fact, Ingraham’s Fox News colleague Sean Hannity was perhaps most instrumental in pushing Walker’s candidacy as he repeatedly offered up his primetime program to promote the ex-football legend.

Moments after her network called Warnock’s victory on Tuesday night, Ingraham lashed out at the Republican Party, conservative leaders, and perhaps even her own colleagues over what she felt was a preventable loss.

“I’d like to say this was surprising, but it’s not. The Senate Democrats, I would argue, did a much better job,” she sighed.

“We felt this coming,” Ingraham then said to Fox News contributor Mollie Hemingway. “To me, it never felt like the Senate Republicans wanted this guy in office. He was a Trump pick, and they didn’t like that… There wasn’t the intensity on the part of the Republicans as there was on the part of the Democrats. I felt it, and you felt it.”

Growing more irate, she continued: “But we don’t change anything! We have the same people in place in leadership. The same people in place, apparently at the RNC, perhaps that’s not changing. We are doing the same thing over and over again. I’m pissed tonight, frankly!”

While Hemingway agreed with her, saying it was “offensive for Republican voters and donors” because there was “no clear messaging,” Ingraham grumbled that the race was still close.

“What did we say? This was winnable,” the Fox host exclaimed before tossing shade at former Trump White House counselor and current Fox News pundit Kellyanne Conway.

“Kellyanne, I know you didn’t want any change. I like Ronna McDaniel,” Ingraham said about the struggling GOP chairwoman. “Isn’t this like a warning sign flashing, or are we just going to keep doing the same thing all over again every single election?!”

After Conway bemoaned the lack of Republican spending in the race, she went on to claim Walker was “one of the most improved candidates” in this election cycle before saying Republicans need to “compete for ballots”—including early votes. Ingraham, meanwhile, unsubtly referenced Trump’s election denialism—which was boosted by her own network.

“If we don’t bank ballots early, we’re going to keep losing,” Conway noted.

“Why didn’t we?” Ingraham shot back.

“We didn’t!” Conway declared.

“We didn’t do it in 2020, because everyone said don’t vote early because that’s corrupt,” Ingraham retorted.

“Not everyone,” the ex-Trump aide insisted.

“Well, a lot of people did at the very top of the Republican Party! You didn’t,” the Ingraham Angle host interjected, making it clear she was pointing fingers at the ex-president.

Ingraham, a longtime MAGA acolyte who even served as an informal Trump adviser, has seemingly backed away from the former president in recent months—drawing criticism from more obsequious pro-Trump media outlets.

[Boldface added]

 

The Triad

Kellyanne Conway and Trump Derangement Syndrome

https://thetriad.thebulwark.com/p/kellyanne-conway-and-trump-derangement

The New York Times is such a liberal media bubble that it paid Kellyanne Conway and handed her real estate on its opinion page for a piece about Donald Trump. Because Kellyanne has a long history as a straight shooter and honest broker who can give truthful and unbiased information while adding value for Times subscribers.

Three cheers for both sides.

Look, I’m not here to rag on the Times. I just want to talk about a single paragraph in Kellyanne’s piece:

Trump Derangement Syndrome is real. There is no vaccine and no booster for it. Cosseted in their social media bubbles and comforted within self-selected communities suffering from sameness, the afflicted disguise their hatred for Mr. Trump as a righteous call for justice or a solemn love of democracy and country. So desperate is the incessant cry to “get Trump!” that millions of otherwise pleasant and productive citizens have become naggingly less so. They ignore the shortcomingsfailings and unpopularity of President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris and abide the casual misstatements of an administration that says the “border is secure,” inflation is “transitory,” “sanctions are intended to deter” Putin from invading Ukraine and they will “shut down the virus.” They’ve also done precious little to learn and understand what drives the 74 million fellow Americans who were Trump-Pence voters in 2020 and not in the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.

Where to begin?

When you picture “communities suffering from sameness,” do you think about Trump voters, or Biden voters?¹

Sure looks like Trump’s support suffers from an awful lot of sameness: White evangelical Protestants, mostly without college degrees. It’s the Biden supporters who are all over the map: Whites, Blacks, Catholics, Protestants, religious and not-religious; college educated and non-college educated.
As for the media bubbles people keep themselves in, say what you will about the woke socialist antifa subscribers of the New York Times—but they are paying their hard-earned money to get the views of Kellyanne Conway and Ross Douthat. How about the people watching Fox News and Newsmax and reading the Federalist and Townhall? Is both-sides journalism a thing at those places, too?</em>

Donald Trump wooing former advisor Kellyanne Conway to join campaign

Don’t call it a comeback!

Sources tell us that Donald Trump has been “quietly speaking to” former senior adviser Kellyanne Conway to get her to join the team for his 2024 campaign.

But it’s unclear if Conway is ready to sign up.

Insiders say that Trump has been wooing Conway, now a Fox News contributor, for the past 18 months. A source told us, “He credits her with helping him win the last time” in 2016.

Another insider confirmed that Trump has been in touch with Conway, saying: “He always appreciated so much and understood the value she brought to 2016. Without her, it wouldn’t have happened.”

https://pagesix.com/2023/04/24/donald-trump-wooing-advisor-kellyanne-conway-for-campaign/

Many former Trump aides say he shouldn’t be president. Will it matter?

[Except:]

Trump advisers note he has a coterie of loyal aides and advisers such as Stephen Miller, Kellyanne Conway and Dan Scavino, who have been allied with him for years. Arkansas Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders (R), a former press secretary, endorsed Trump onstage at a rally in Florida last week. Other former top aides are putting together a 2025 plan and want to rejoin the administration.

“The time has come to return to the normal policies of the Trump era which created a safer, stronger, and more prosperous America,” Sanders said.

“We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men and women are created equal.”

— Elizabeth Cady Stanton