White House counselor Kellyanne Conway violated the Hatch Act on “numerous occasions” and should be removed from the government, a United States federal office announced Thursday.
The recommendation was made by Henry Kerner, head of the Office of Special Counsel, in a letter sent to President Trump recommending she be removed from federal service.
Federal employees are prohibited by the Hatch Act from using their jobs to campaign for or against political candidates. The president and vice president are exempt from the Hatch Act, but employees of the White House are not.
Conway, 52, a longtime Republican pollster before joining Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, was described as a “repeat offender” by Kerner for disparaging Democratic presidential candidates while speaking in her official capacity during television interviews and on social media.
Specific violations listed by Kerner related to Conway’s comments during interviews about several 2020 Democratic candidates. For instance, she insinuated Sen. Cory Booker was “sexist” and a “tinny” “motivational speaker.” She castigated former Rep. Beto O’Rourke “think[ing] the women running are good enough to be President” and said Sen. Elizabeth Warren was “lying” about her ethnicity and “appropriating somebody else’s heritage.”
Kerner also detailed her comments about “frontrunners” Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders, whom she referred to as “two old white straight men career politicians.” She claimed Biden lacked “vision,” said his announcement video was “very dark and spooky,” and criticized his unwillingness to be “held to account for his record.” Conway said Sanders’ ideas were “terrible for America.”
The White House struck back, seeking to discredit the office.
“Others, of all political views, have objected to the OSC’s unclear and unevenly applied rules which have a chilling effect on free speech for all federal employees,” said White House spokesman Steven Groves. “Its decisions seem to be influenced by media pressure and liberal organizations – and perhaps OSC should be mindful of its own mandate to act in a fair, impartial, non-political manner, and not misinterpret or weaponize the Hatch Act.”
White House counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway slammed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Thursday morning, claiming Pelosi treats her like she might treat the help.
“I believe she’s the sixth, or so, richest member of Congress, and she behaves that way,” Conway told reporters gathered on the White House driveway. “She treats me as she might treat her maid or her pilots or her makeup artists or her wardrobe consultants.”
Have a look at this. CNN host Chris Cuomo repeatedly interrupts his “guest” Kellyanne Conway while she tries to make her arguments. He’s got a more voluble voice than her and is able to do it. If a male conservative host did this to a liberal woman, they’d be called sexist and accused of “mansplaining” to them, or something. But it’s okay for liberals to bully conservative women.
This is what passes now for journalism and free debate. Strong-arming by an obviously biased “news” host who won’t even let a conservative speak. I’m sure he was hoping she would walk off the set and make headlines to boost his ratings. Maybe that was the idea.
The White House is in rare message-discipline mode — including having the right message — as its Supreme Court nominee, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, faces an accusation that he sexually assaulted a girl when he was in high school.
I’ve checked and rechecked President Trump’s Twitter feed. So far, he has not used it to attack the accuser, Christine Blasey Ford. That doesn’t mean he won’t do it. But it does mean that for now, as of 10:00 am ET, someone is gluing his fingers to the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office every time it occurs to him to tweet about it.
The official White House line is that Kavanaugh’s accuser should be heard. That’s smart. First of all, she’s going to be heard anyway, no matter what. And secondly, just strategically, the right thing to do is not to come off as unsympathetic, because that will only increase sympathy for Ford.
Kellyanne Conway Monday morning said both Ford and Kavanaugh should testify.
“She should not be insulted, she should not be ignored, she should testify under oath, and she should do it on Capitol Hill,” Conway said. “And Judge Kavanaugh should also testify as to these 36-year-old allegations.” Conway suggested testimony should occur as soon as Tuesday.
Sadler is the one who made a wisecrack about John McCain dying.
It’s incredible that no one – correct me if I’m wrong – has been fired yet specifically for leaking. It’s as if a Walmart is being shoplifted every day and all the management has got is some overweight unarmed rent-a-cop snoozing on a stool in the back of the store.
Such a sad irony that a president who demands loyalty more than others gets so little of it.
CNN host Dana Bash asked White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway about her husband’s tweets, which can be critical of Trump. Conway wondered why that was relevant and noted that her children were watching.
You’ll also note at one point in the video Conway asks whether “we’re now going to talk about other people’s spouses” including ones that work “at CNN.” That’s an allusion to John King, from whom Bash is divorced. They continue to work together at CNN.
Kellyanne Conway appeared Sunday on Brian Stelter’s CNN show and did a masterful spinmeister job of dodging questions and changing the subject to what she wanted to talk about. CNN has unfortunately, as Conway correctly notes, recast itself from a network that at least pretended not to be liberal – which introduced an element of… Continue Reading
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