White House counselor Kellyanne Conway appeared on CNN where she was forced to defend her marriage to CNN’s Wolf Blitzer in an interview that was supposed to be focused on the impeachment hearings.
Blitzer broached the subject when he brought up Conway’s husband, George Conway, who, while a Republican, is a harsh critic of President Donald Trump, and has been very vocal about his opinion that the president should be removed from office.
The CNN anchor cited George Conway’s plethora of on-air comments made on Wednesday, the first day of the public impeachment hearing where he called the GOP “incoherent” in the defense of the president.
“I just have a final question, a sensitive question, and it’s a political question, it’s a substantive question,” Blitzer asked. “I don’t want to talk about your marriage. I know that there are issues there.”
Before he could move forward with his question, Conway stopped him saying, “Did you just say there are issues there?” she exclaimed. “You don’t want to talk about—why would you say that?!”
Blitzer pointed to the fact that while he didn’t have first-hand knowledge about their marriage, there must be tension between the advisor the president and one of the Oval Office’s harshest Republican critics.
“So before you play the clip which I haven’t seen. Why—why are you doing that?” Conway seethed, prompting the CNN anchor to note that her husband is a “legal scholar” now famous for his criticisms of the president.
Conway called his question bazar, but said that even though she was happy to see the clip, he might as well cite some of his own CNN colleagues versus her “legal scholar” husband.
“And the relevance is, and, come on—wait for it—drum roll—and he’s married to me?” Conway shot back, causing Blitzer to add: “He happens to be married to you.”
As Blitzer went on to defend his decisions, the West Wing advisor postulated that his one and only reason to play the clip for her is that he believed that it would be cause for higher ratings.
“What you just quoted is said every day by other voices, but you wanted to put it in my husband’s voice because you think somehow that that will help your ratings or that you’re really sticking it to Kellyanne Conway,” she fumed. “And let me be very clear. You didn’t stick it to Kellyanne Conway. I think you embarrassed yourself and I’m embarrassed for you because this is CNN now?”
“I looked up to you when I was in college and law school, I would turn on CNN to see what Wolf Blitzer had to say about war, famine, disruption abroad,” Conway continued. “I really respected you for all those years as someone that would give you the news and now it’s what somebody’s husband.”
Near the end of the conversation, Conway accused CNN of deteriorating into just a bunch of “gossip girls,”
“You’ll stay in my prayers,” Conway replied to Blitzer’s invitation for another interview at a later date.
WOW. @KellyannePolls handled SEXIST CNN like a freaking champ.
Wolf Blitzer: "I don't want to talk about your marriage, I know there are issues there."pic.twitter.com/MQBOlJ8z3I
— Liz Wheeler (@Liz_Wheeler) November 14, 2019
Written by Savannah Pointer.