Kettle Alert: Kellyanne Conway Attacks Beto for Wanting ‘Free Airtime’ for Presidential Run


Trump White House counselor Kellyanne Conway launched a series of strange attacks at Democratic presidential candidates, including a shot at Beto O’Rourke for holding a rally in El Paso to get “free airtime.”

On Monday morning’s edition of Fox & Friends, co-host Brian Kilmeade noted that O’Rourke, who came very close to defeating Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) in 2018, is holding a counter-rally to Trump’s scheduled El Paso MAGA rally.

“Is the president concerned about the size of his crowds?” Kilmeade asked.

Conway answered “No,” then referenced Cruz’s narrow victory in a once deep red state by calling O’Rourke a “loser,” and noted that the El Paso rally will get O’Rourke “a lot of free airtime for the would-be 2020 race, and people should see that for what it is.”

O’Rourke has not declared a candidacy for 2020, but Donald Trump has, and will almost certainly get some “free airtime” for his own El Paso rally. Although even Fox News has stopped carrying every MAGA rally wall-to-wall, they will very likely at least dip in periodically.

And in 2016, Trump famously benefited from over $2 billion worth of free media. Maybe Conway meant it as a compliment.

Conway went on to attack some other Democratic candidates, again in strangely kettle-istic fashion. For example, she attacked Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) over a viral moment that took place at Kiki’s Chicken and Waffles in South Carolina, in which Gillibrand asked if utensils were necessary.

“Kirsten Gillibrand this weekend, in her ‘50s, was apparently the first time she ever eaten fried chicken,” Conway cracked, stealing a line from a New York Times reporter. But Trump’s own difficult history with fried chicken was famously the subject of an epic Jon Stewart rant.

Her attack on Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) was just plain weird. Noting the recent stories about Klobuchar’s reputation as a tough boss to work for, Conway said: “You can change the ‘A’ in Amy to  ‘O,’ and get ‘oh my’ instead of ‘Amy’ there.”

But changing the “A” to an “O” would actually produce a pronunciation closer to “OH-mee.”

Conway isn’t alone in launching attacks that blowback on Trump. Klobuchar announced her candidacy Sunday at an outdoor rally in snowy and frigid conditions, which led Trump to attack her as a “Snowman(woman),” but as several media personalities have pointed out, Trump skipped a World War I memorial because of some light rain.

Watch the clip above, via Fox News.

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