Kellyanne Conway was on CNN this morning with Wolf Blitzer. At the end of the interview,
Columbo Blitzer noted he had one last question:
“It’s a political question, it’s a substantive question and I don’t want to talk about your marriage because I know that there are issues there….”
Kellyanne — never one to mince her words — stopped him in his tracks.
“What did you just say? Did you just say there are issues there? You don’t want to talk about… why did you say that?”
WOW. @KellyannePolls handled SEXIST CNN like a freaking champ.
Wolf Blitzer: "I don't want to talk about your marriage, I know there are issues there."pic.twitter.com/MQBOlJ8z3I
— Liz Wheeler (@Liz_Wheeler) November 14, 2019
I don’t know if it qualifies as “sexist,” but it’s certainly condescending, catty, and unprofessional.
During the ensuing back-and-forth, Blitzer tried to justify the question’s relevance, while carefully side-stepping Conway’s pointed question regarding his offhanded reference to “issues” in the marriage. Conway slyly parried with references to CNN’s Jeffrey Toobin’s analysis and continued to hammer Blitzer on the need to bring her husband into the equation.
“But you wanted to put it in my husband’s voice, because you think somehow that it will help your ratings or that you’re really sticking it to Kellyanne Conway. Let me be very clear, you didn’t stick it to Kellyanne Conway….I think you embarrassed yourself.”
And for the coup de grâce:
“I’m embarrassed for you because this is CNN now. I looked up to you when I was in college and law school. I would turn on CNN to see what Wolf Blitzer had to say about war, famine, disruption abroad, I really respected you for all those years as somebody who would give us the news. Now the news is what somebody’s husband says on a different network.”