Kellyanne Conway

Counselor to the President

  • Conway on Trump before getting hired by Trump on July 1, 2016:
    • 2/10/16 “Says he’s for the little guy but he’s actually built a lot of his businesses on the backs of the little guy.” (video)
    • 3/18/16 Victims of Trump include “victims of Trump University, victims of Trump in Atlantic City. (video)
    • 3/30/16 Disavows Trump’s suggestion that there should be some form of punishment for women who have abortions, arguing that he had “upended” decades of work by pro-lifers, and implies that real pro-life candidates “would have gotten [the question] right the first time.” She also criticizes Trump’s “free earned media coverage” and says, “If you live by the media questions, sometimes you have to die by the media questions.” (video)
    • 4/6/16 Rebukes Trump for lobbing “personal insults at somebody’s wife” as well as for his accusations that Cruz was “committing a felony and breaking a law,” adding that such a comment reveals “the danger of just saying things that aren’t true.” (video)
    • 4/13/16 Trump “can whine and complain” by saying “the system is rigged” but “there’s no place in politics for accusing folks of using Gestapo tactics.” (video)
    • 4/25/16 “It’s completely transparent. Donald Trump’s tax returns aren’t. I would like to see those be transparent.” (video)
  • 9/13/16 Says on CNN repeatedly "Are you calling him a liar?!" after being asked if Trump will confirm that he's actually under audit by the IRS. (source)
  • 11/13/16 Warns Senator Harry Reid that he “should be very careful…in a legal sense” for speaking against Trump. (CrooksandLiars)
  • 12/1/16 Engages in a shouting match with Clinton aides at Harvard University after the election. (source)
  • 12/28/16 Pans Secretary of State prospect Mitt Romney on Twitter in the midst of the Transition Team’s interviews and considerations, infuriating Trump. (source)
  • 1/6/17 Rabidly defends Trump's refusal to accept the intelligence community's conclusion that Russia attempted to sway the election. Claims that Russia wouldn't want Trump to be president and then blames Obama and Hillary for the hacking. Then correctly states: "“There are those out there who are trying to delegitimize his presidency, review the election results.” (source)
  • 1/11/17 In response to a leaked dossier vetted by U.S. intelligence chiefs that purports Trump is being blackmailed by Russia, states "There's a lot of crap on the internet, as we all know." (source)(the dossier)
  • 1/22/17 Defends Sean Spicer's first press conference as White House Press Secretary in which he delivered a number of fabrications about the sparse inauguration crowd as "alternative facts." (source)
  • 2/2/17 In an interview with MSNBC's "Hardball," says that the Obama administration had imposed a six-month ban on refugees from Iraq following a "Bowling Green massacre," though no such massacre occurred. (source)
  • 2/6/17 Denied by CNN to be featured on a Sunday news rotation. CNN cites "serious questions about her credibility." (source)
  • 2/9/17 Violates federal law by promoting Ivanka Trump's retail brand in a CNN interview, stating: "Go buy Ivanka's stuff, is what I would tell you. It's a wonderful line. I own some of it. I fully -- I'm going to just, I'm going to give a free commercial here: Go buy it today, everybody. You can find it online." (source)(federal law violated)
  • 2/15/17 Blacklisted from MSNBC's Morning Joe show for lying too much. (source)
  • 2/22/17 Sidelined by the White House from appearing on television for being "off message." (CNN)
  • 2/27/17 Kneels, wearing shoes, on a couch in the Oval Office in the company of dozens of leaders of historically black colleges. (NBCNews)
  • 3/13/17 Says that she doesn't have "any evidence" supporting Trump's wiretapping claim against President Obama. (ABCNews)
  • 3/18/17 Trump select Kellyanne Conway's husband, George Conway III, to head the civil division of the Justice Department, composed of over 1,000 laywers. (NYT)
  • 6/16/17 Accuses the media of fomenting violence when a gunman shoots and injures GOP congressmen at a charity baseball practice. (WaPo)
  • 6/25/17 Defends the most recent attempt by Republican congressmen to cut Medicaid by saying that adults can go out and get jobs that will provide them with insurance. (HuffPo)
  • 9/18/17 She and Trump son Donald Jr. request to be taken off of Secret Service protection, citing privacy concerns. (NYT)
  • 11/22/17 The former director of the Office of Government Ethics files a complaint with a federal watchdog over Conway's comments on the Alabama Senate race, saying Conway could have violated the Hatch Act, which forbids federal employees from using their positions for political purposes. Conway said on Fox and Friends: “Doug Jones in Alabama, folks, don’t be fooled. He will be a vote against tax cuts. He is weak on crime, weak on borders. He is strong on raising your taxes. He is terrible for property owners." (Hill)
  • 11/29/17 Appoints Kellyanne Conway to be the "Opioid Czar," in charge of tackling an opioid epidemic that kills 60,000 Americans each year. (Hill)(Vox)
  • 2/6/18 Quietly freezes out drug policy professionals and relies on political staff to address an opioid epidemic that is claiming 175 lives per day, producing two main solutions thus far: a border wall and a "just say no" campaign. (Politico)
  • 3/6/18 A federal ethics agency rules that Conway violated the Hatch Act on two occasions by using her office to attack the opponent of then-candidate Roy Moore in Alabama's Senate race. (NPR)
  • 9/30/18 In the midst of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's multiple sexual assault accusations and high-profile Senate confirmation hearings, Conway announces that she was a victim of sexual assault. But says that Kavanaugh's confirmation proceedings should not become a broader "meeting" of the #MeToo movement. (NYT)
  • 1/8/19 In an exchange with CNN's Jim Acosta in a driveway of the White House, says in response to a statement by Acosta: "let me go back to your case because you’re such a smartass most of the time and I know you want this to go viral.” Then defended the WH's use of a misleading claim that 4,000 known or suspected terrorists were caught last year trying to enter the U.S. through Mexico. Only 12 such individuals were caught. (Hill)