Kellyanne Conway, Trump’s most loyal crusader against the truth, appeared on CNN’s ‘Cuomo Prime Time’ to spar with host Chris Cuomo over the now well-substantiated allegations that Trump directed Cohen to make hush money payments to women during the 2016 election in violation of campaign finance law. Kellyanne Conway’s husband George seems like he wasn’t buying it.
Kellyanne Conway started by pointing out that her boss and Cohen’s unindicted co-conspirator is denying both Cohen and AMI CEO David Pecker’s claims that he directed them to arrange for the secret payments to the women:
Conway subtly tries to distance herself from the hush money scandal: "I became campaign manager for the winning part of the campaign and never was involved in anything of this sort, nothing, zero... President Trump has said he never directed anybody to do that." pic.twitter.com/lYclAMOsSL— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) December 14, 2018
CONWAY: True or false - Trump said he never directed Cohen to commit a crime.— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) December 14, 2018
CUOMO: I'm not going to take him at his word when he has a record of lying. He didn't know about Stormy payment. He said Cohen guy was a PR agent, then he says he's his lawyer. The facts are clear. pic.twitter.com/zvmZbTR8gY
Just to refresh your memory, the tape Cuomo’s referring to is a secret recording Cohen made in 2015 of the two men discussing how to make the women go away:
Full audio: Presidential candidate Trump is heard on tape discussing with his attorney Michael Cohen how they would buy the rights to a Playboy model's story about an alleged affair Trump had with her years earlier, according to the audio recording "https://t.co/YmC0QuDqTx pic.twitter.com/fBbq7r1Lq9— Cuomo Prime Time (@CuomoPrimeTime) July 25, 2018
Trump, who likes to stiff people who work for him, was late reimbursing Cohen for the payments which led to Cohen paying them off himself later on.
Obviously that’s not quite the slam dunk defense any reasonable person would take as evidence of innocence, so Conway pivoted to discrediting Cohen and Pecker and claiming the payments, made in October of 2016, had nothing to do with helping Trump’s presidential campaign:
Conway's next attempted defense of Trump is that the hush payments to women made during his presidential campaign weren't actually meant to help his presidential campaign pic.twitter.com/CraI2jCwwd— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) December 14, 2018
This also contradicts what both Cohen and Pecker have said about the payments. This is the crime Cohen pleaded guilty to and the crime a judge sentenced him to three years for committing, so Conway is essentially saying Cohen decided to go to jail for no reason at all.
While Conway’s mudslinging is sure to thrill Trump, there’s one person close to her who didn’t seem too happy about the performance—her husband George.
Given that Trump has repeatedly lied about the Daniels and McDougal payments—and given that he lies about virtually everything else, to the point that his own former personal lawyer described him as a “f****ing liar”—why should we take his word over that of federal prosecutors?— George Conway (@gtconway3d) December 14, 2018
If that’s not bad enough, George Conway made his (alleged!) subtweet his pinned tweet:
And people certainly noticed George Conway’s public contradiction of his wife’s embarrassing dissembling:
George rebutting his wife Kellyanne’s defense of the president on Cuomo’s show earlier tonight ?? https://t.co/SUpAgQ7uiN— Mehdi Hasan (@mehdirhasan) December 14, 2018
Meanwhile Kellyanne's husband is dragging her boss https://t.co/k3yx7TiZla— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) December 14, 2018
I'm at the point where I think this is a fetish for the two of you.— Richard M. Mixin' (@raratimmar) December 14, 2018
do you two just go home and throw wine glasses at each other https://t.co/BQYbubDAMK— Kilgore Trout (@KT_So_It_Goes) December 14, 2018
I'd pay to be a fly on the wall, at the Conway house.— Dani (@Dani_L_Sage) December 14, 2018
Conway went all-in on his criticism this morning in another subtweet directed at anyone who gives their loyalty to Trump:
Truer words were never spoken. https://t.co/vHbvFKbAuT— George Conway (@gtconway3d) December 14, 2018
It’s also worth noting Cuomo got plenty of pushback for, once again, providing a platform to a proven liar. Cuomo’s CNN colleague Don Lemon criticized his decision to have Conway on, in part because viewers aren’t served by being lied to:
“It is not a right for someone to come on CNN and lie and deflect,” Lemon said during the toss. “This was a defective, dismissive and histrionic display of non-answers.”
h/t: Huffington Post