Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Trump Campaign Manager: Trump Does "Hurl Insults" But It's The Victim's Fault

Donald Trump's new campaign manager (is this version 3.0?) Kellyanne Conway sat down with Fox News' Megyn Kelly to chat on several Trumpian topics, including his penchant for insulting folks he doesn't like via the campaign stump and Twitter.

After Conway told the media this past Sunday that Trump "doesn't hurl personal insults," Megyn Kelly had to call Conway out.

From Talking Points Memo:

After Trump took to Twitter to slam Mika Brzezinski as “neurotic” and call her the “very insecure long-time girlfriend” of co-host Joe Scarborough, Fox News host Megyn Kelly recounted how Conway had argued Trump doesn’t employ personal attacks.

“Now, you know that’s not true,” Kelly said on her show.

Conway replied that Trump “doesn’t do it without being attacked first,” a well-worn defense Trump himself has used since his campaign's infancy.

“But does that excuse it? Just today he called Mika Brzezinski neurotic, which is another term, basically, for mentally ill,” the Fox News host responded. “He’s called other female news personalities things like crazy. The man does hurl personal insults.”

“But not unprompted,” Conway said.

It's always interesting the language games these surrogates play. Note how Kellyanne won't say that Trump will "deport all 11 million undocumented immigrants." She's clearly dodging a word or phrase that she doesn't want uttered on record. And while she gets away with it, the viewer sees that she's dodging. And that throws up a flag.

The questions about insults starts at the 6:50 mark, but I think the full interview is worth watching.

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