It is Eric Trump vs. George Conway, and the mainstream media has lined up on Conway’s side.
On Monday, President Donald Trump tweeted praise for his friend Roger Stone having the “guts” to stand up to special counsel Robert Mueller and not give in to Mueller’s demands that he accept a plea deal and testify against the president.
The Trump tweet that started it all read: “’I will never testify against Trump.’ This statement was recently made by Roger Stone, essentially stating that he will not be forced by a rogue and out of control prosecutor to make up lies and stories about “President Trump.” Nice to know that some people still have “guts!”
Conway, who is nearly universally identified as a conservative lawyer, responded: “File under 18 U.S.C. ss 1503, 1512,” a reference to the part of the U.S. criminal code that refers to witness tampering.
Eric Trump responded with a tweet that read: “Of all the ugliness in politics, the utter disrespect George Conway shows toward his wife, her career, place of work, and everything she has fought SO hard to achieve, might top them all. @KellyannePolls is great person and frankly his actions are horrible.”
George Conway responded by retweeting the reactions of others, and the mainstream media gave him plenty of material to work with.
“Wait. Did I miss something? Did George Conway pay money to have sex with a porn star right after his wife gave birth?” tweeted Reza Aslan, an author who has written a book that says Jesus Christ was political, rebellious and interested in regime change that would end Roman hegemony.
Aslan appears to be referring to Stormy Daniels, the porn star who claims to have had an affair with Trump in 2006. But no one on any side of that claims Trump paid for the sex.
George Conway also retweeted this from CNN “legal analyst” Renato Mariotti: “How does nothing that your father engaged in witness tampering today disrespect Kellyanne Conway?”
He retweeted a third message as well, from Ian Bassin, executive director of Protect Democracy, a far left group that tries to bring legal actions against the Trump administration over a variety of matters.
“Of all the ugliness in politics, the utter disrespect the Trumps show toward the rule of law, the presidency and its place of work, and everything this nation has fought SO hard to achieve might top them all. Donald Trump is a terrible person and frankly his actions are terrible,” read Bassin’s tweet.
Salon ran a piece that said George Conway has become one of the “most notable critics of President Donald Trump in part for his tight legal analysis of the administration’s dubious machinations,” and in part because his wife works in the administration.
In “Eric Trump scorches George Conway for ‘the utter disrespect’ he ‘shows toward his wife’ Kellyanne,” Cody Fenwick wrote that Eric Trump’s response was “odd … for several reasons.”
First, he said, “it’s bizarre for the president’s family to comment so publicly about one of his aide’s marriages, unprompted.” It clearly was not unprompted, and George Conway clearly is not behaving as a normal spouse of a White House staffer.
Second, he said, “the comment itself misses the mark. George Conway’s latest criticism, like all his criticism, was a precise and reasoned rebuke of the president – not his own wife. It represents a clear and stark divide of opinion in the marriage, but his decision to share his views on the subject are no more ‘horrible’ or disrespectful than hers is.”
A lot of people would say George Conway should be proud of his wife’s accomplishments and support her and her career even if he can’t support her boss, CNN wrote.
“But step back and consider that Conway is one of the most respected lawyers in the nation. He is dedicated to the country’s constitutional system and has spent his entire adult life working inside the system of laws and rights that preserves it. Donald Trump could not be more different from Conway.”