Here it is, February 4th already, and we have not had a single Idiot of the Week post all year! I have been remiss in my duties. Today, however, my idiot-detector went crazy … lights flashing, alarm bells ringing … and I knew that an idiot was somewhere out there just begging for recognition. So, without further ado, let me present this week’s Idiot of the Week … none other than Ms. Kellyanne Conway! Kellyanne has been begging for this award almost since the day she signed on as Trump’s campaign manager, and since the inauguration her idiocy has reached new levels. Let us look first at her latest, the thing that set off the idiot-detector.
Yesterday evening, Conway was interviewed on CNBC’s Hardball program, where she said:
“I bet it’s brand new information to people that President Obama had a six-month ban on the Iraqi refugee program after two Iraqis came here to this country, were radicalized and they were the masterminds behind the Bowling Green massacre. Most people don’t know that because it didn’t get covered.”
Ahem … most people don’t know about it because it never happened, Ms. Conway. First, President Obama did not ban Iraqi refugees: we stopped processing Iraqi requests temporarily based on a specific threat, not a broadside general ban. Second, there was never a massacre, nor even a threat of one, in Bowling Green! That is why it did not get reported – it never happened! Two Iraqi men arrested in 2011 did live in Bowling Green, Kentucky, and are currently serving life sentences for federal terrorism offences. But there was no massacre, nor were they accused of planning one. The US department of justice, announcing their convictions in 2012, said: “Neither was charged with plotting attacks within the United States.” Nice try, Kellyanne.
Then there was her now-infamous attempt to clean up after Trump and Spicer when they claimed the inauguration had the largest turnout of any inauguration, which was a blatant lie, but Kellyanne referred to it as “alternative facts”. The world is still having a field day with that one! But let us look at some of the other “Kelly-isms” from the past few months (As always, my snarky remarks are in blue):
- “When I see Twitter feeds, when I see words that are people are using to describe Donald Trump, it is incredibly disrespectful to the office.” No disrespect to the office, only the “man”. Respect is earned … or not, as is the case here.
- “The question is are you loyal to the agenda that [Donald] Trump, that President-elect Trump has put forward in terms of his view of the world and the person to which the secretary of state would function.” Huh?
- “I went out on my own, years ago, to try to create some additional choices in a parallel universe.” Would that be the universe of alternative facts?
- “My children are 12, 12, 8, and 7, which is bad idea, bad idea, bad idea, bad idea, for mom going inside…” I repeat: huh?
- “Nearly two and a half million people die every year that are on the voter rolls. So it takes time to get dead people off the voter rolls.” Shouldn’t the people who died be accountable for canceling their voter registration, Kellyanne?
- “Donald Trump just has always elevated women to the highest echelons.” Echelons of what???
- “Usually based on an economic agenda, white working-class voters don’t buy into this whole biology-chemistry-abortion-gender agenda as much as they want more take-home pay. They want affordability.” Once again … huh?
- “The campaign is over. The people have spoken. And this man [Donald Trump] busted through a blue wall that nobody expected. He won states like Wisconsin and Michigan and Pennsylvania, which should have been Hillary Clinton’s the whole time. And they were his because of the message, because of the way he’s a master communicator and a master connecter.” Did she just say … he’s a … master communicator??? Has she seen any of his Twitter messages??? The man cannot string a simple sentence together and she calls him a master communicator? I guess that makes me Shakespeare!
- “Because we’re not as serious about terrorism as we can be, people all across the globe feel like they can just murder innocent people.” She needs to look at the statistics for gun-related deaths in the U.S. that have no connection to terrorism.
- “I don’t think that we need to see [Donald Trump] tax returns to verify his financial acumen. I walk into the Trump Tower every day and I’m like, this guy did pretty well for himself before I got here.” Somebody please inform her how many times his businesses have been unsuccessful, how many bankruptcies, how many people he shafted to get where he is!
- “Foundations exist to help charities, to help those in need. And Mr. Trump has been incredibly generous throughout his career.” Can’t believe she could utter this statement without choking.
- “[Donald Trump] does have a thick skin, frankly, as someone who works very closely within, that was in that room today, directly beside him. I will say this though. That’s not what the meeting was about.” Glad to know there wasn’t a whole meeting about the thickness of his skin.
- “It is completely irresponsible, if not worse, for members of the media to be calling our press secretary a liar and worse. On Twitter and Facebook and elsewhere. And in articles. That is not the way to start relationships with the press.” Splutter … splutter … splutter … did she not see Spicer’s first press briefing where he ranted at the press for not believing his lies and then stormed off without taking a single question???
- “If you heard 40 times in a day that Newt Gingrich takes the wings off of butterflies, eventually you’d believe it.” Newt does THAT? I knew there was something about him that I didn’t like!
- “Women are still congenitally Democratic – and I’m the Republican pollster saying that.” It’s congenital? Who knew?
Well, as you can see … she tends to “open mouth, insert foot”. According to Cosmopolitan magazine, “Conway, 49, is a veteran political operative, who’s spent the last three decades advising Republicans on how to appeal to female voters. In fact, she was already doing this for the Trump campaign before he tapped her to be his campaign manager.” So, let me get this straight … she advised him to put down women, speak of women as if they were second-class citizens put on earth only for the pleasure of men, and that is supposed to help him appeal to women? This man who judges women based on their looks, body shape, and once said an opposing (female) candidate couldn’t win because of her face? Kellyanne … let me give you a clue: it did not work. I am a relatively normal woman and I am disgusted by him and frankly, would not even want to shake his hand.
Kellyanne actually has a law degree from George Washington University Law School. I am amazed. In 2005, Conway co-authored the book What Women Really Want: How American Women Are Quietly Erasing Political, Racial, Class, and Religious Lines to Change the Way We Live. I have not read the book, nor do I have any desire to do so, but it brings to mind a question: Does she really believe that Trump is the answer to what women in this country want, or has she sold out in favour of fame and fortune? Either way …
So, based on everything you have said and done, Ms. Conway, I hereby honour you with the first 2017 most coveted Filosofa’s Idiot of the Week award! No thanks are necessary.