It has become increasingly obvious that Kellyanne Conway isn’t so much a campaign manager for Donald Trump but a better, more high-profile version of Katrina Pierson. Buzzfeed’s McKay Coppins all but confirmed that this morning in his piece about her role with the campaign.
In her most recent TV spot, Conway came up with a big ol’ doozy when it comes to excusing Trump’s penchant for blatantly lying. With the first presidential debate hours away, the veteran pollster was asked by the Morning Joe crew why the GOP nominee said moderator Lester Holt was a Democrat when the NBC News anchor has been a registered Republican since 2003.
Well, according to Conway, Trump can’t be blamed for spreading a falsehood if he is just plain ignorant of the truth. Yep, Conway’s excuse for Trump voluntarily telling Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly what Holt’s party registration was is that the real estate mogul didn’t know what he was talking about, thus it can’t be called a lie.
Confronted by Mark Halperin (wow!), Conway continually deflected and pivoted to avoid directly answering the question. Every time Halperin would ask her why Trump explicitly said Holt was a Democrat when that wasn’t true, Conway would talk about media bias, the large number of Democrats in journalism or whether anyone else knew Holt’s preference beforehand.
Eventually, co-host Mika Brzezinski stepped in when Conway started filibustering, only for Conway to continue to avoid answering Halperin. After Conway said Trump didn’t lie about the NBC vet, Mika curtly responded, “Uh, I think he did.” That’s when we got this absolute gem in propagandist spin.
“Mika, a lie would mean he knew the man’s party registration.”
Wow. Just wow. I don’t even know what to say to that. So, basically, Trump can say whatever untrue thing he wants to as long as he is completely ignorant on the subject? That is amazing.
Halperin was equally flabbergasted, asking “So as president, would he say things that are false without knowing the truth?” However, before he could get Conway to answer that question, Joe Scarborough jumped in and saved Conway, saying that they were running out of time in the segment. Good job, Joe.
Below is video of the exchange, courtesy of MSNBC:
— Morning Joe (@Morning_Joe) September 26, 2016