The outcry against President Donald Trump's racist tweets urging four congresswomen of color to "go back" to their countries continues to rage.
After Trump doubled down on his comments, White House counsellor Kellyanne Conway was in full spin mode. Breakfast Media's Andrew Feinberg asked Conway which countries the congresswomen—three of whom were born in the United States and all of whom are American citizens—should return to.
Conway's response was jolting.
“What’s your ethnicity?” Kellyanne Conway asks a reporter when the reporter asks her about the intent of the presid… https://t.co/Vz9Q8wekYW— MSNBC (@MSNBC)1563296516.0
"What's your ethnicity?"
A stunned Feinberg responded:
"Um, why is that relevant?"
After asserting that her ancestors were from Ireland and Italy, Conway implied that Trump was referring to the countries the congresswomen are descendants of.
Pressed by Feinberg, Conway evaded the question:
“A lot of us are sick and tired of this country – of America coming last, to people who swore an oath of office.”
The two later took the debate to Twitter.
JUST NOW: I asked @KellyannePolls, who’d just said @realDonaldTrump was not telling Omar/Tlaib/Pressley/AOC to go b… https://t.co/NNBdEs08JM— Andrew Feinberg (@Andrew Feinberg)1563290026.0
This was meant with no disrespect. We are all from somewhere else “originally”. I asked the question to answer th… https://t.co/ZjKCY2BqO7— Kellyanne Conway (@Kellyanne Conway)1563300084.0
@KellyannePolls If everyone is from somewhere else, then no one has any more claim to America than anyone else. Ma… https://t.co/1ZlLuW2QRD— Brian Tyler Cohen (@Brian Tyler Cohen)1563304563.0