Conway: Harvey Victims Don’t Need Climate Change Addressed, Let’s Talk Tax Cuts for the Rich
Kellyanne Conway Says CNN Should Focus On Harvey Victims Not Climate Change, Seconds Later She Talks Tax Cuts For The Rich
Presidential adviser Kellyanne Conway has, so far, withstood the resignations and forced departures from the administration of Republican Donald Trump. As big names like Steve Bannon and Reince Priebus have fallen to the wayside in recent weeks, Conway still stands. And there is little doubt part of the reason she remains in her job is her willingness to do interviews and defend the indefensible for this White House.
Her latest head-to-head with CNN host Chris Cuomo was much of the same we have seen from Conway during her brief time in the Trump administration. The interview initially started with a discussion about getting money through Congress to help Harvey victims. The biggest headache for the Republican majority is the number of elected officials in the current disaster area who voted against relief after Sandy hit an area of the United States they seemingly don’t care about.
Conway tried to claim the Sandy relief bill was laden with pork, a common Republican talking point that has been thoroughly debunked. Cuomo call Conway out for the distortion, but she refused to admit her obvious error.
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Then the discussion moved to climate change and Conway immediately went into dodge mode. The exchange is an amazing example of her climate change denial (full video below):
CONWAY: Chris we’re trying to help the people whose lives are literally under water and you want to have a conversation about climate change…I’m not going to engage in that right now because I work for a president and a vice president and a country that is very focused on helping the millions of affected Texans, and, god forbid, Louisianans if it ends up.
CUOMO: Imagine if we could find ways to reduce the number of these storms. Imagine if we could figure out why a hundred year storm seems to happen every other year. I mean, you have all these scientists saying climate change is part of the equation.
Cuomo’s comment clearly came with more than a bit of sarcasm as Houston is experiencing its third 500-year storm in three years. The exchange went on with no addressing of climate change by Conway and her expressing her desire to keep the focus on the victims of the storm. Then, seconds later, came this bit of theater:
CONWAY: We’re going to look at the human factor for quite a while. Now, if you want to talk about issues also in the news, we could talk about, OH! The president’s play at historic tax reform today in Missouri.
When asked whether the tax cuts would benefit the middle class the same as the wealthy, Conway claimed it would (Ron Howard voice: It won’t). Then she went on to focus on the corporate tax rate to push the mythical trickle-down belief, which Cuomo called her on, again.
Watch the exchange beginning at the 6:20 mark in the video. Or watch the full video for even more of Chris Cuomo calling out Kellyanne Conway on a variety of other distortions she tries to pass off as fact.
Featured image via YouTube screen cap (Fair Use).
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