Tensions looked high at the Trump White House last week after several internal and external exposes and news coming from the federal courts. And late Friday night, George Conway—Trump’s White House counselor Kellyanne’s husband—threw some more gasoline on the fire responding to a tweet from President Donald Trump.
Looking to deflect from his own legal and political issues, Trump went all the way back to 2008 looking for an error from Barack Obama to use for a whataboutism on Twitter. The President catches a lot of criticism over his false statements in his speeches, rallies, official statements and Twitter posts.
Multiple organizations actually track Trump falsehoods online, keeping running tallies. In order to prove he was not alone in making false claims, late Friday night, the President shared an incident from 2008 while then candidate Obama misspoke at a campaign rally, claiming no one in the media noticed.
When President Obama said that he has been to “57 States,” very little mention in Fake News Media. Can you imagine if I said that…story of the year! @IngrahamAngle
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 15, 2018
But George Conway shot back, explaining how an Obama slip of the tongue that he acknowledged as a mistake—he meant to say 47 states of the 48 continental United States—differed from the many examples the press and public highlight from Trump.
Needless to say, there’s a huge difference between an isolated slip of the tongue and ceaseless, shameless, and witless prevarication on virtually all topics, large and small. https://t.co/mvV8cgZLyp
— George Conway (@gtconway3d) September 15, 2018
To rub a bit more salt in the wound, Conway then pinned the tweet to the top of his account page. He since unpinned it.
President Donald Trump is still dealing with fallout from a tell-all book from a former staffer he personally brought on board from his own circle of friends. Now famed investigative journalist Bob Woodward released his book, Fear: Trump in the White House, covering the Trump administration based on 100s of hours of interviews with its members as well as memos, meeting notes and personal diaries.
Not to mention there are multiple members of his family and administration involved in several ongoing investigations. The plea agreements for his former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, and the recently announced plea deal for his 1980s Washington lobbyist and 2016 campaign chairman Paul Manafort also must weigh heavily on the President.
And while Conway made multiple asides on Twitter where he appeared to refer to the President, his attacks now leave no doubt. In fact, Conway’s tweets about Trump led some to believe The New York Times OpEd came from Kellyanne Conway.
She denied the charge.
Reactions to both tweets on Twitter were largely unkind to the President. Although he did garner some support.