Opinion: Conway's White House Departure an Indictment of Political Intolerance; Beginning With Her Own Family

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Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway speaks to reporters outside the West Wing of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, May 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

In the end, it was just too much. The daily pressure from her political detractors, which often played out in the media, ultimately proved to be more than she was willing to endure. Four years after becoming a senior advisor to Donald Trump, she had finally had enough.

Those political detractors to whom I referred were not members of the Trump-loathing media; she swatted them away with little effort like pesky flies on a hot summer day. No, those daily detractors were within her own family — her husband and teenage daughter.

Kellyanne Conway’s abrupt announcement that she will leave Donald Trump’s White House by the end of the month speaks volumes. Not about Conway or the fierce and loyal job she’s done for the president; it speaks about political intolerance, and perhaps even the importance of women in the workplace — or the lack thereof. Particularly as it relates to Kellyanne’s husband, George Conway.

As my RedState colleague Jennifer Van Laar reported late Sunday night, Conway announced via Twitter that she will be leaving the White House by the end of the month — “gratefully and humbly,” she said.

In her statement, Conway said, in part:

The past four years have allowed me blessings beyond compare as a part of history on Election Night 2016 and as Senior Counselor to the President. It’s been heady. It’s been humbling.

I am deeply grateful to the President for this honor, and to the First Lady, the Vice President and Mrs. Pence, my colleagues in the White House and the Administration, and the countless people who supported me and my work.


I will be transitioning from the White House at the end of this month. George is also making changes. We disagree about plenty but we are united on what matters most: the kids. […]

This is completely my choice and my voice. In time, I will announce future plans. For now, and for my beloved children, it will be less drama, more mama.


Those “changes George is also making” include his announcement that he is withdrawing from the controversial Lincoln Project, a Trump-loathing political action committee he cofounded, along with several current and former Republicans.

Let’s be frank.

To say that George Conway has been critical of Trump over the last four years would be the understatement of understatements. This guy’s condescending, mean-spirited attacks against his wife’s boss have been scorching — undoubtedly the envy of even the TDS-riddled lapdogs at CNN and MSNBC. But far more damning has been his public humiliation of his wife in the process.

The very day his wife resigned her position and he announced he was withdrawing from the Lincoln Project, George Conway also went on a Twitter tear against Trump. Here are a few of his “highlights”:


I’m no psychoanalyst, but if anyone’s a “sociopath” or “psychopath,” here, I’d say it’s George Conway.

Moreover, to suggest that Kellyanne’s certain embarrassment by her own husband’s obsessive bullying of Trump has been anything less than purposeful — in my humble opinion, of course — would be disingenuous, at least.

By all appearances, this bitter bully has been trying to force his wife to quit her job from nearly the start. Even worse, via social media.

The Conways’ 15-year-old daughter Claudia factors into the mix, as well. As the crisis in the Conway household was apparently coming to a breaking point on Saturday, Claudia took to Twitter, as well, proclaiming she’s “officially pushing for emancipation” — and worse.


Were it only for the above tweets, it would be reasonable to assume that differences between her mom and dad led young Claudia to look for a way out. That certainly wouldn’t be uncommon; teenagers sometimes do dopey stuff like that — generally for the wrong reasons.

But then there’s this, from a week ago, today:

Yep, Kellyanne’s daughter’s dream jobs is apparently that of an intern with self-declared “Democratic Socialist,” Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.  A sign of rebellion? Dunno. But I do know that Claudia is a teenager, and that teenagers are teenagers; I had a hand in raising two of them.

Having said that, it’s clear that the political persuasions of both husband George and daughter Claudia were principally, if not solely, to “blame” for Kellyanne’s departure from the White House.

Put another way, political intolerance within her own family drove Kellyanne Conway to leave a job that by all appearances, she truly enjoyed. And judging by at least part of her own statement, she’s been led to believe a woman’s principal job is still in the home.

The bottom line.

The TDS-riddled hyenas of CNN and MSNBC will undoubtedly relish the news of Conway’s “demise.” In part, because of their universal loathing of all-things Trump; in part, because she was unwavering in her dismissal of their attacks against both the president and herself.


That said, imagine the histrionic hissy fits the left-wing media would throw if Kellyanne Conway were a liberal, working in Barack Obama’s White House, let’s say, and was finally driven from her job by an overbearing jealous husband and an insolent teenager who bashes her mom unmercifully — politically and personally — on social media.

Oh, the humanity. Better: Oh, the hypocrisy.


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