Former President Donald Trump has been out of office for nearly eight months, but some of the most infamous faces of his administration have continued to serve in appointed positions on military academy advisory boards.
Among these is Kellyanne Conway, who served as presidential counsellor until August of 2020, after her family's public opposition to Trump was making news on a regular basis.
Ahead of Trump's election in 2016, Conway embraced the unenviable task of defending Trump's constant gaffes amid a chaotic presidential campaign, often lying to do so. After all, it was Conway who coined a term that would end up defining the Trump administration: "Alternative facts."
On Wednesday, President Joe Biden gave Conway and 10 other Trump appointees an ultimatum to submit their resignations by that night or be dismissed.
Conway, who serves on the Air Force Academy Board of Visitors, soon posted her response, calling for Biden's resignation instead.
President Biden, I'm not resigning, but you should. https://t.co/HuRYM4bLYP— Kellyanne Conway (@Kellyanne Conway) 1631133011.0
Ironically skewering Biden for the supposed "break from presidential norms," Conway wrote in part:
"Your decision is disappointing but understandable given the need to distract from a news cycle that has you mired in multiple self-inflicted crises and plummeting poll numbers, including a rise in new COVID cases, a dismal jobs report, inflation, record amount of drugs coming across the southern border, and, of course, the chaotic and deadly withdrawal from Afghanistan that has left hundreds of Americans and Thousands of Afghan allies stranded under Taliban rule."
"I'm not resigning, but you should."
The letter was...not well-received.
The long-ignored recommendation of the Trump appointee who said Ms. Conway should be fired for her repeated lawbrea… https://t.co/iMFp1p3MCm— Walter Shaub (@Walter Shaub) 1631144098.0
A few things: 1. These seats typically go to Academy grads or Members of Congress. You didn’t even so much as serv… https://t.co/sJLUxw2Pjv— Charlotte Clymer 🏳️🌈 (@Charlotte Clymer 🏳️🌈) 1631137769.0
For someone who treated the Hatch Act like kleenex, decorum is irrelevant, but this letter shows why you should go.… https://t.co/H5ach6Q8OW— Kurt Eichenwald (@Kurt Eichenwald) 1631136358.0
You worked for a man who got impeached TWICE. Get over yourself. https://t.co/cIupicsVRD— Brian J. Karem (@Brian J. Karem) 1631135103.0
People found it hilarious that she took issue with a supposed "break from presidential norms."
Imagine being Kellyanne Conway and complaining something was a “break from presidential norms” https://t.co/B5ZQAosVpz— Kevin M. Kruse (@Kevin M. Kruse) 1631134013.0
"A break from presidential norms" is pretty rich here https://t.co/e85A32UZqu— Joyce Alene (@Joyce Alene) 1631137561.0
“A break of presidential norms…” said a person who facilitated the firing of the FBI Director for refusing to pledg… https://t.co/DfwLg5liWb— Road Signs (@Road Signs) 1631138087.0
Among others asked to resign were Sean Spicer (Trump's first press secretary) and Douglas Macgregor, a former Defense Department official who believes Democrats are executing a "deliberate policy" to "bring in as many non-Europeans as possible" and achieve "demographic change."