White House counselor Kellyanne Conway told reporters Tuesday that President Donald J. Trump “has a right” to clarify what he meant by his weekend tweets, suggesting the four Democratic congresswomen can return to their countries.
President Trump tweeted on Tuesday; “Those Tweets were NOT Racist,” following a backlash to his weekend tweets that were directed at Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts, and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan.
Those Tweets were NOT Racist. I don’t have a Racist bone in my body! The so-called vote to be taken is a Democrat con game. Republicans should not show “weakness” and fall into their trap. This should be a vote on the filthy language, statements and lies told by the Democrat…..
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 16, 2019
Conway said the president explained what he meant. “Just as you correct yourselves all the time and expand on what you’re trying to say. He has a right to in the press conference yesterday, in the press avail yesterday, in his subsequent tweets to tell you what he’s talking about,” said Conway.
Conway said, “The issue about socialism, communism, anti-Americanism” had nothing to do with gender or race. She spoke up against “people denigrating the American flag” and “Americans analogizing red hats to swastikas.”
She rightfully censured White House reporters for not getting it right and not challenging their facts. “All of you have been on this beat for a very long time working your butts off to get it right,” she said.
“You allow them again yesterday to say people are drinking out of toilets,” continued Conway, saying that she bothered to visit the border last Friday.
“You allow them to say millions of people died because of Trump and health care. These are just lies. You got to fact check everyone stop being so gaga with these people.”
Conway referred to the episode when Democrat Nancy Pelosi had a conflict with freshmen Democrats, “when Democrats like Congressman Greg Meeks, like Congressman William Lacy Clay, esteemed members of the Congressional Black Caucus, senior Democrats are frustrated…”
Conway asked reporters why the Democrats called Nancy Pelosi a racist, saying that indiscriminate use of the word racism would desensitize people to the word. That’s a shame because there is racism in this country and it’s real,” said Conway.
The White House counselor brushed off criticisms and told reporters that the four congresswomen “represent a very dark element in this country that seems to be” … “not respect the military, not respect the veterans, (and) not vote for humanitarian aid.
“Dark underbelly/element” refers to dangerous beliefs & policy, not race.
There are MILLIONS stoking hate against USA/Israel/Military/Vets/People of Faith/LawEnforcement/our 🇺🇸
Goes way beyond the celebrity “squad” that Pelosi said are “only 4 people/4 votes”.
Full text: pic.twitter.com/xqkVjPY0MI
— Kellyanne Conway (@KellyannePolls) July 16, 2019
“I will always stand up against those people,” said Conway.
Kellyanne Conway said the four congresswomen “represent a very dark element” in the United States.