Watch CNN Host Relentlessly Grill Trump Apologist Kellyanne Conway In Brutal Hacking Throwdown
Kellyanne Conway Loses Her Cool During Cuomo Interview
Kellyanne Conway lost her composure under relentless questioning by Chris Cuomo during an interview on CNN’s New Day.
As Cuomo tried to pin Kellyanne Conway down on what exactly Trump knew about the Russian hacking – and, perhaps just as importantly, when – Trump’s adviser floundered. And, backed into a corner, she began to cast blame in all directions, including at former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and President Obama.
“Did (Director of National Intelligence James) Clapper come out in early October and say we know it was Russia?” Cuomo asked Conway.
But Conway attempted to dodge the question. Instead of answering, she asked a question of her own.
“What did President Obama say in response?” she asked, trying to deflect. Chris Cuomo refused to play into it, dismissing her question and asking again.
“No, no, no,” Cuomo said. “What did he say? That’s the question — what’s the answer? What’s the answer? Did Clapper come out in early October and say we know it’s Russia?”
And in response, Conway played an oft-used card from the Trump campaign book. Rather than answer, she tried to paint the media as politicizing.
“Finish the sentence, what is it that we’re trying to know — that Russia is trying to interfere with the election results? Do you really think that Russia wanted Donald Trump to be elected president?”
But according to 17 intelligence agencies within the United States, including the CIA and the FBI, the answer to that question is actually “yes.”
The Kellyanne Conway Interview Grew More Contentious
Cuomo continued to pursue his line of questioning, asking Conway for a third time. And again, Kellyanne Conway dodged. Instead of answering, she tried to blame the Democratic National Committee for the hacking, stating that the DNC had “rebuffed” the FBI “when investigators requested direct access to the party’s servers and data.”
“Again, irrelevant — irrelevant,” Cuomo said, still relentlessly pursuing the answer to one single question. “Here’s my question.”
The interview between Cuomo and Conway remained contentious. When asked why Trump will not accept overwhelming evidence that Russia was directly involved in hacking the DNC, she attempted to paint Donald Trump as the real victim.
“Speaking of disparagement, I really believe there are those out there that are trying to delegitimize his presidency, review the election results — and you know it.”
And that may be the reason why Trump refuses to admit that Russia influenced the election. Although no intelligence agency will ever be able to estimate how much of an impact Russia had on the election, Trump’s refusal to acknowledge the attack could be due to his fear that it is an attack on his own legitimacy as the 45th president.
Conway then blamed both Obama and Hillary Clinton for the hacks.
“They politicized it,” Conway said, in reference to the lack of urgency that the hacking was met with, as most believed there was no way Trump would win. “They politicized it because they didn’t even understand in America what was going to happen in the election.”
Conway Makes Troubling Statement
Cuomo wouldn’t let up, though. He continued to ask her about Trump’s lack of respect and faith in the intelligence information he’s been given. He cited specific examples, and asked why the president-elect seemed to take it so personally.
“It seems to be motivating the president-elect to disrespect our intelligence agencies,” Cuomo said. “It seems like you can’t divorce these two notions, and it’s creating a really tough situation.”
Conway grew angry and saracastic, saying that she knew Cuomo to be very “passionate” about this topic. Cuomo shot back swiftly.
“Sure I am. Russia trying to hack during our election being ignored by the president-elect? That’s troubling.”
And it was then that Conway said one of the more troubling statements she’s ever made.
“No, it’s not,” Conway said.
And then Conway added, “You’re just making conclusions up now. Yes, you are.”
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She attempted to scold Cuomo for using words like “disparaging,” but Cuomo dismissed her.
“I’m trying to put the facts out there, because you’re ducking the obvious — and I don’t know why,” Cuomo said.
“I’m not ducking,” Conway said. “Hey, Chris — by the way? I’m not ducking a thing. Not my style.”
Watch the exchange in the video below.
— New Day (@NewDay) January 6, 2017
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