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Wolf Blitzer vs. Kellyanne Conway: Does Anybody At CNN Ever Feel Badly About Getting Everything So Wrong?


Counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway dresses down CNN's Wolf Blitzer for bringing up her marriage during an interview about the impeachment inquiry and playing a clip of her husband George Conway blasting President Trump yesterday on MSNBC.

WOLF BLITZER, CNN: I just have a final question, a sensitive question, and it's a political question, it's a substantive question. I don't want to talk about your marriage. I know that there are issues there. Your husband George Conway --

KELLYANNE CONWAY: What did you just say? Did you just say there are "issues" there? You don't want to talk about my marriage?

WOLF BLITZER: No, I don't want to --

KELLYANNE CONWAY: Why would you say that?

WOLF BLITZER: I don't want to talk about your marriage. I want to talk about a substantive point that your husband George Conway made. He was on television all day yesterday during the first day of the impeachment hearings and said this about the President of the United States. I just want your reaction to the substance of what --

KELLYANNE CONWAY: So before you play the clip, which I haven't said. Why and why are you doing that?

WOLF BLITZER: Because he's a legal scholar. He's a lawyer and was really going after the president of the united states.

KELLYANNE CONWAY: And the relevance is -- and -- come on. Wait for it. Drum roll. And he's married to me?

WOLF BLITZER: He happens to be married to you.

KELLYANNE CONWAY: You can run the clip of Jeffrey [Toobin of CNN] -- he happens to be married to me? That's bizarre.

WOLF BLITZER: He's also a legal scholar. He's got a substantive point.

KELLYANNE CONWAY: I liked Jeffrey Toobin's point, your senior legal analyst, I loved his point on CNN yesterday. We don't have to play a competitor's clip. Just play the CNN clip where Jeffrey Toobin said it's a problem that Taylor and Kent never met Donald Trump. He said -- it's a problem.

WOLF BLITZER: I'm not disagreeing with --

KELLYANNE CONWAY: Jake tapper said something like --

WOLF BLITZER: I'm not disagreeing with either of them.

KELLYANNE CONWAY: -- they might have to meet the whistle-blower. At least talk to him or her. Him, in private because you have to be able to confront your accuser.


KELLYANNE CONWAY: But you should not have just said to your audience, "I don't want to talk about your marriage," quote, "I know there are issues."

WOLF BLITZER: I don't want to talk about your marriage.

KELLYANNE CONWAY: Why would you say there are issues?

WOLF BLITZER: Listen to what your husband said. I'll play the clip.

GEORGE CONWAY: The problem with Donald Trump is he always sees himself first. Trump is all about Trump. And that's why it was inevitable he'd get himself into this soup once again. And that's what this is all about. He's using the -- he was using the power of the presidency. Its most unchecked area, foreign affairs, to advance his own personal interest as opposed to the country's.

WOLF BLITZER: All right. That's a serious allegation. A serious charge. He was using the power of the presidency, its most unchecked area, foreign affairs, to advance his own personal interest as opposed to the country's.

KELLYANNE CONWAY: That is his opinion. And we -- I don't think MSNBC was lacking for anti-Trump voices. And we've heard things like that said on CNN for three years. And we've heard things like that said on that network for three years and elsewhere.

And where -- honestly, where is the shame? Where is the introspection of people who have said for three years, respectfully, Wolf, actually beginning in May of 2017, I'll quote your wife's husband right now, I won't talk about your marriage but I'll quote your wife's husband.

In 2017 you asked Angus King, "Are we getting closer to impeachment?"

Does anybody ever feel badly about getting it so wrong? We sort of look the other way of how wrong everybody was here and elsewhere with the elections. I was on your network every single day as gracefully and respectfully as I could laying out the case as to why Donald Trump would beat Hillary Clinton. I have a living, breathing video catalog which is why I don't worry about anything when people say, "I always knew he'd win. I said it all the time." Really? Because you were sleeping when I was on tv in the morning and at night. We have a leaving breathing catalog. We're going back to Pennsylvania. It's the same stuff all the time.

What you just quoted is said every day by other voices, but you wanted to put it in my husband's voice because you think somehow that that will help your ratings or that you're really sticking it to Kellyanne Conway. And let me be very clear. You didn't stick it to Kellyanne Conway. I don't think you stuck it to Kellyanne Conway. I think you embarrassed yourself and 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 someone that would give you the news and now it's what somebody's husband said on a different network--

WOLF BLITZER: You know how many times we spoke about James Carville and Mary Matalin, a Democrat and a Republican happily married individuals who totally disagreed on all sorts of --

KELLYANNE CONWAY: That's not the way you introduced this segment.

WOLF BLITZER: You know how many times I'd ask them on television about the conferences they had? They didn't get into a sensitive discussion as long --

KELLYANNE CONWAY: I'm not in a sensitive discussion. You are. You chose to do this. I'm smiling.

WOLF BLITZER: They would often totally disagree on television. They would have a serious discussion. Your husband made a serious --

KELLYANNE CONWAY: You know what Mary Matalinthinks of your line of questioning right now? Because I know.

WOLF BLITZER: I haven't spoken to mary madeleine in awhile. She's a lovely woman. James Carville an old friend.

KELLYANNE CONWAY: He's brilliant. He helped do what I helped do.

WOLF BLITZER: I was just trying to get you to react to this allegation that the president was using the power of the presidency, its most unchecked area, foreign affairs, to advance his own personal interest as opposed to the country. And you said fairly you disagree.

KELLYANNE CONWAY: I respectfully disagree and I'll tell you why. You know who else disagrees? You know who else doesn't have information of that? The people who testified yesterday. Because they also don't know the president. They've never met the president. They admitted that yesterday. They were in no such calls about this.

WOLF BLITZER: Which is a fair point.

KELLYANNE CONWAY: It's an essential point. It's not just a fair point.

WOLF BLITZER: There will be others who will testify --

KELLYANNE CONWAY: We're not going to impeach and remove a president from office based on what he said, she said, he thought. CIA does not stand for conjecture, interpretation, and assumption. We have to get serious. You want to impeach and remove the president, go for it. But you know what's going to happen after that?

A lot of those 31 Democrats who won in districts in 2018, that Trump and Pence carried in 2016, they are going to have to say good-bye. They won't be re-elected. They have to go home and face their own voters and they'll say, "I voted for you because you stood in my community and promised you would get that trade deal passed. You promised you would help the taxpayers and property owners and farmers. You promised you would keep this country -- this economy humming along. You promised you'd get infrastructure and broadband to every kid."

All these kids are sitting in parking lots trying to get the wifi to do their homework way after dark. I've spoken with members like Congressman Jim Clyburn and Ben Ray Luhon of New Mexico to see how we can help and work together on such an essential issue. Where are they? They're trying to impeach the president.

So those Democratic members in the swing districts, they are going to be held to account by their voters. And I think if the Republicans take back the House in 2020, they'll look back at yesterday, interviews like this, and moments like this week and they're going to say, that was a big reason why some of these members lost because they have to go back and say the voters will say what have you done for me lately? You work for me? You wasted my time and money. What have you done for me lately. They'll have to say, I impeached the president and they'll be impeached themselves. Unelected.

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