Ever since Kellyanne Conway climbed aboard the Trump train as campaign manager last summer, her job has largely been to spin Donald Trump’s more inflammatory, contradictory remarks into a coherent message. Now that Trump is president and she’s his counselor, that part of her duties doesn’t seem to have changed much — probably because there are still plenty of contradictions that need massaging. And as Michelle Wolf points out, Conway is a damn good fact-masseuse.
But the past few days seem to have stretched Conway’s abilities as Trump’s chief media whisperer. In an interview with MSNBC last Thursday, she tried to justify Trump’s immigration ban by referring to the “Bowling Green Massacre,” an event which, to put it politely, is not a “thing that happened.” (She later said that she meant to say “Bowling Green terrorists.”)
However, this was all just an appetizer for Conway’s role in Donald Trump’s conflict with Nordstrom, a retail-based scandal that has apparently captivated the attention of the president of the United States. Welcome to 2017.
Yes, after a chain of department stores dropped the president’s daughter’s fashion line, federal employee Kellyanne Conway went on television and told viewers to buy Ivanka Trump’s clothing online. Conway claims she has Trump’s support after the appearance, but it’s unclear how much that support will matter if she’s brought up on ethics charges.
One thing that is clear is that Conway should probably use this weekend to rest up. She’s going to need the energy.