CNN host Chris Cuomo and Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway butted heads Thursday night in a contentious interview on Cuomo’s show.
In addition to NFL protests and President Donald Trump’s numerous scandals, the two argued over the White House’s statements regarding the murder of Mollie Tibbetts, whose killer–Cristhian Bahena Rivera–is believed to be an undocumented immigrant.
The White House has not shied away from exploiting Tibbetts’s death for their own political advantage.
Donald Trump recently posted a video on Twitter in which he lamented that the “incredible young woman, is now permanently separated from her family.” The president’s odd word choice was taken by many as an attempt by Trump to use Tibbetts’s death to justify his widely-abhorred policy of separating undocumented families attempting to cross the Southern border.
The White House released another video in which it blames undocumented immigrants for family separation, once again invoking Tibbetts’s murder.
For 34 days, investigators searched for 20-year-old Mollie Tibbetts. Yesterday, an illegal alien, now charged with first-degree murder, led police to the cornfield where her body was found.
The Tibbetts family has been permanently separated. They are not alone. pic.twitter.com/BBskwHEJoU
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) August 22, 2018
With these statements in mind, Cuomo confronted Conway directly, accusing the White House of “hijacking her grief.”
Stop giving Kellyanne Conway any airtime. All she wants to do is spew garbage, but kudos to @ChrisCuomo for standing up to her nonsense anyway, especially this part about Mollie Tibbetts. pic.twitter.com/4JAT7ggCvq
— Zack Ford (@ZackFord) August 24, 2018
After Conway said “God rest her soul” referring to Tibbetts, Cuomo shot back:
“You’re not letting her soul rest, you’re waving her like a flag!”
Many on Twitter approved:
Guess @KellyannePolls thought she was talking with soulless maggot @TuckerCarlson when she unashamedly defended Trump’s indefensible exploitation of #MollieTibbetts’ murder. @ChrisCuomo explicitly called her out though. 👍🏽 https://t.co/NVOIjl3yCi
— Sean Huze (@seanhuze) August 24, 2018
Chris Cuomo is eating Kellyanne Conway’s liver with some fava beans and a nice chianti on #CNN right now.
— Aaron T. Starks 🌊 (@StarkyLuv73) August 24, 2018
Cuomo to Conway: You're hijacking grief
Cuomo to Conway: You're hijacking griefhttps://t.co/Q1BctA7rcA @KellyannePolls Kellyanne you are ridiculous. You are embarrassing women by your defending this ugly, evil fake President. Your attempts to defend Trump are laughable.
— DS (@dshepherd62) August 24, 2018
This, this, a thousand times this!
— ⚧ We R The Squirrels ⚧ (@WeRTheSquirrels) August 24, 2018
What’s more, Tibbetts’s family and friends have spoken out against the White House and others using her death at the hands of one man to vilify immigrants everywhere. Breck Goodman, a friend of Tibbetts, said at a vigil in Iowa:
I also know what Mollie stood for … and she would not approve. So I don’t want her death to be used as propaganda. I don’t want her death to be used for more prejudice and for more discrimination, and I don’t think she would want that, either.
Cuomo’s ire echoes the feelings of Tibbetts’s own family, members of whom have spoken out against the exploitation of her death by conservatives. Tibbetts’s second cousin took to Twitter on Tuesday criticizing conservative commentator Candace Owens for her statements on the Democrats’ reaction to Tibbetts’s death.
hey i’m a member of mollie’s family and we are not so fucking small-minded that we generalize a whole population based on some bad individuals. now stop being a fucking snake and using my cousins death as political propaganda. take her name out of your mouth. https://t.co/xxZNBF0Uv9
— sam (@samlucasss) August 22, 2018
Their arguments have been bolstered by the resurfacing of many liberal tweets from Tibbetts herself.