Today in Kellyanne Filibusters: Her Inability to Say Whether McCain, Graham ‘Want to Start WWIII’


Senior counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway is a master wordsmith whose ability to avoid tough questions is unmatched in today’s political media arena. And today she demonstrated again how flexible she can be when it comes to bobbing and weaving her way through an interview, as evidenced by her Monday morning hit on ABC’s Good Morning America.

The subject at hand as presented by coanchor George Stephanopoulos stemmed from Tweets on Sunday sent by President Donald Trump about two of his Republican colleagues, Senators Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Arizona’s John McCain.

POTUS accused the longtime GOP leaders of, “always looking to start World War III,” a premise that Conway danced around instead of responding to head-on Monday. Stephanopoulos asked, “How are Senators McCain and Graham looking to start World War III?”

Instead of responding to that question, Conway offered, “Well the first part of the Tweet is really instructive and operative, George!”

She continued, “[The President is] basically saying to people, ‘You protested my nomination, you protested my candidacy, you protested my my inauguration, you protested the day after the inauguration, you protested my executive orders, you protested’ — how about this cooperation and collaboration and bipartisanship that we’re always talking about?”

“Kellyanne, these are Republican Senators!” Stephanopoulos shot back. Again, she invoked the beginning of Trump Tweets instead of addressing the subject at hand. She also seemed to take a slight swipe at Graham and McCain at one point by indicating that both men have run for the office of the President before unsuccessfully.

“Kellyanne, it’s really just a yes or no question,” Stephanopoulos attempted one final time in the closing seconds of the interview. “Does the President believe those two Senators are looking to start World War III?”

Anyone hoping that the former campaign manager would actually answer the question was left sorely disappointed.

“You can read his Tweet. But read the full Tweet, don’t cherry-pick it the way the media likes to do these days respectfully George,” she replied. “We want to work with all the Senators,” she continued, invoking Vice President Mike Pence in her long filibustering response aimed purely at killing the final moments of the interview without facing a fourth follow-up.

Graham and McCain have been critics of the President’s executive order regarding immigration, releasing a joint statement Sunday that said that the action, “was not properly vetted.”

The statement continued:

“Such a hasty process risks harmful results. We should not stop green-card holders from returning to the country they call home. We should not stop those who have served as interpreters for our military and diplomats from seeking refuge in the country they risked their lives to help. And we should not turn our backs on those refugees who have been shown through extensive vetting to pose no demonstrable threat to our nation, and who have suffered unspeakable horrors, most of them women and children.”

The statement, which you can read here on Senator McCain’s website, concluded, “That is why we fear this executive order may do more to help terrorist recruitment than improve our security.”

Watch above via ABC’s Good Morning America.

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J.D. Durkin (@jivedurkey) is an editorial producer and columnist at Mediaite.

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