Kellyanne Conway Bristles as Fox’s Hemmer Presses on Russian Meddling: ‘Foolish’ to Go Back to 2016


Things got testy on America’s Newsroom Tuesday — as White House Kellyanne Conway took exception to co-anchor Bill Hemmer‘s line of questioning about Russian election interference.

In the waning moments of a lengthy interview, Hemmer asked Conway if President Donald Trump plans to confront Russian President Vladimir Putin on the subject of Russian meddling at their upcoming summit. And Conway went off.

“It was addressed previously as you know,” Conway said. “Let’s just make very clear the difference between that report about interference, about the fact that Russia wanted to interfere in the elections, tried to interfere in the elections. And what we were promised beginning 18 months ago — and in some corners still — which is collusion that had direct nexus to the election results that swung the election to Donald Trump.”

“Nobody’s even saying that anymore, Bill and [America’s Newsroom co-anchor] Sandra [Smith],” she continued testily. “Nobody’s even saying that anymore. But boy, were they saying it. Wanna see the clips? I’ve got ’em ready for you.”

Hemmer asked for clarification.

“Meaning no votes were changed?” He said.

“Well that’s right,” Conway said. And then she made a veiled reference to Hillary Clinton. “It did not swing the election results. The only person who still talks about that once in a while is the person who lost the election. Because the person who lost the election won’t admit why she lost the election.”

Hemmer pushed back.

“I get that,” Hemmer said. But, he added, “as President of the United States, you’re talking about Democratic process and keeping it pure. Why not take this on in conversation?”

Conway stated various administration members have come out against the interference, while ducking Hemmer’s question about confronting Putin directly. The White House counselor then promptly pivoted back to the subject of 2016.

“It is foolish for anybody to still be going back to 2016, almost two years ago now, and trying to pretend that that election result was what it was — 305 electoral votes happened because of any outside interference,” Conway said. “If you look at the money that was spent, the value of what was spent, it couldn’t have swung a local dog catcher election. And people know it when they’re being honest.”

Watch above, via Fox News.

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