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 president’s tweets.
“A lot of us are sick and tired of this country – of America coming last, to people who swore an oath of office.” pic.twitter.com/XOypuqmA4H
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) July 16, 2019
“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.
She responded by asking me where my ancestors came from, thereby confirming what he meant
— Andrew Feinberg (@AndrewFeinberg) July 16, 2019
Conway’s “defense” wasn’t well-received.
If everyone is from somewhere else, then no one has any more claim to America than anyone else.
Maybe think about that the next time your administration tries to qualify the American-ness of 4 nonwhite congresswomen.
— Brian Tyler Cohen (@briantylercohen) July 16, 2019
Have you checked with https://t.co/bwxu8GNzNh because you definitely have some German in you.
— Mitch McConnells’ Ark (@NickWohlleb) July 16, 2019
It was meant with total disrespect. You’re sickening.
— Hold My PomPoms Bitches (@Scattered211) July 16, 2019
You know what Americans are sick of ? You and this lying disrespectful man sitting in OUR house. Remember we are all a part of this beautiful country (or once was before the likes of you &this administration) ,we all have our opinions and still are able to express them freely.
— karen dickinson (@kldickinson1) July 16, 2019
Trump says racist stuff yesterday, your entire party defends him, now today you ask someone their ethnicity. It’s like watching Michael Scott run a PR shop except he would actually care about people
— Daniel Hensen (@iceblademan) July 16, 2019
You are incapable of telling the truth about anything, all you do is spin lies.
— Greg Pilkington🇺🇸🌎🌊 (@thepilks61) July 16, 2019
To make developments even more interesting, Conway’s husband—Trump critic George Conway—published an op-ed in the Washington Post condemning Trump’s remarks:
Naiveté, resentment and outright racism, roiled in a toxic mix, have given us a racist president. Trump could have used vile slurs, including the vilest of them all, and the intent and effect would have been no less clear. Telling four non-white members of Congress — American citizens all, three natural-born — to “go back” to the “countries” they “originally came from”? That’s racist to the core.”
It doesn’t seem Kellyanne will be backing down any time soon.
In an appearance on Fox News immediately after, Kellyanne Conway claimed the congresswomen of color Trump railed against represent a “dark underbelly” of America. She claimed the congresswomen—two of whom are Muslim—are “palling around with terrorists.”