Round 15: Chris Cuomo and Kellyanne Conway Renew Their Bonkers Rivalry With an 18-Minute Shoutfest on CNN
“Good evening, Christopher.”
From that quote alone, savvy cable news viewers and regular Mediaite readers will have already been able to discern that White House counselor Kellyanne Conway was back on Cuomo Prime Time on Thursday night. The giveaway in that quote? Conway is the only Prime Time guest who regularly refers to host Chris Cuomo as “Christopher.”
Click on those links and you will see the same words in the headlines to describe the Cuomo-Conway clashes. Bizarre. Circus. Off-the-rails.
Thursday night’s showdown was no different. The two tussled for 18 minutes on a variety of subjects. As usual, nothing really got accomplished except every CNN viewer in America being forced to scramble for their remotes to lower the volume.
In one especially chaotic portion of the skirmish, Conway and Cuomo slugged it out over rhetoric on CNN and from President Donald Trump.
Conway: You have a colleague at CNN, Paul Begala, who referred to the president’s…daughter and son-in-law, who are also presidential senior advisors, as cockroaches. It’s disgusting that I even have to repeat it.
Cuomo: I don’t like that kind of talk.
Conway: Own it! Own it!
Cuomo: The president called me a chained lunatic.
Conway: Where am I going to go for moral leadership, CNN? No, you own it–
Cuomo: The president called me a chained lunatic. Is that nice?
Conway: And on other networks —
Cuomo: See, you just ignore it! You just ignore it!
Conway: I knew this would have to be about you.
Cuomo: You just ignore everything that he says.
Conway: It was a long time ago. We talked about it.
Cuomo: Oh. I guess that’s ok.
Conway: Hey Chris, if you want to interrupt me, if that’s how you get the ratings, the buzz —
Cuomo: Of course I’m going to interrupt you. You can’t just — you go to the mothership for that. Here, you have to be held to account. That’s why you come.
There’s basically 18 minutes of that for your viewing pleasure, if you’re so inclined. If not, you’ll surely get another chance to watch these two battle in a month or so. In the meantime, we’ll break out the thesaurus and see if we can find a new synonym for bonkers.
Watch above, via CNN.
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