Monday, January 09, 2017

Leading The Charge

"Grow up Donald, grow up, time to be an adult, you're president. You gotta do something, show us what you have," Vice-President Joe Biden advised the President-elect last week. Biden added that once Trump becomes President in a few weeks, "it's going to be much clearer what he's for and against and what we're for and against."

It's time for Donald Trump to grow up whilewe are getting a better idea what his appointee as Presidential Counselor, Kellyanne Conway, is for and against.

We got an inkling last week when Chris Cuomo of CNN's "New Day" interrogated Conway about Trump's refusal to acknowledge the singular effort of the Russian government to influence the presidential election. Cuomo, probably aware that our intelligence services found that Moscow preferred Trump to Clinton and most likely tried also to swing congressional elections, narrowed the questioning to the effort to undermine the legitimacy of the USA's presidential election process.

Conway refused to acknowledge even this and noted "I see you're very passionate about this." Cuomo replied "Russia trying to hack during our election being ignored by the President-elect? That's troubling." In a "what the hell?" moment, Conway responded "no, it's not."

Being a darling of the media, Conway faced no blowback after conceding that she was fine with Russian meddling in American elections.

She faced only a little criticism when on November 13 she argued "It's time really for President Obama and Secretary Clinton to say to these protesters, 'This man is our president."  That was three days after the President's cordial meeting with the President-elect and four days after Mrs. Clinton had stated "We owe him (Trump) an open mind and the chance to lead," which was fairly impressive for a rival whom Trump had declared if he were President would have "Bureau of Prisons" in her mailing address.

So Conway has been encouraged to remain propagandist-in-chief for the incoming president. In that role, she appeared Monday morning on "Fox and Friends" to condemn the President-elect's critics after Meryl Streep criticized Trump at the Golden Globes awards for kicking Trump's ass- uh, er, slamming him for mocking a disabled reporter during the campaign.  Politico reports

Conway accused Streep of “inciting people's worst instincts” with her Sunday night speech. That time would have been put to better use, Trump’s incoming counselor said, by searching for common ground with the incoming administration, something Conway suggested the president-elect “has actually done from moment one.”

If Trump has tried to find "common ground," it would be news to Martha Raddatz, Arnold Schwarzenegger- and the Democratic National Committee, which the President-elect has blamed for the hacking he won't actually acknowledge Moscow participated in (neat trick, that).

Inciting "worse instincts?" As Trump's co-campaign manager during the campaign, that is something Conway is thoroughly acquainted with- and now invested in.   Everyone is entitled to his/her favorite Trump effort at encouraging violence.  One of the most threatening, however, came at an August rally in North Carolina in which the Republican candidate (falsely) declared

Hillary wants to abolish – essentially abolish – the Second Amendment. By the way, if she gets to pick her judges, (there’s) nothing you can do, folks. Although, the Second Amendment people – maybe there is, I don’t know. But I’ll tell you, that will be a horrible day.

Blessed with an IQ exceeding 50, Conway no doubt realized telling a bunch of Second Amendment activists that a President Clinton would try to abolish the Second Amendment and "maybe there is" something they can do about it is an incitement to violence.  She probably even knows how that ranks with criticizing an individual for mocking a disabled man.

It's impossible to determine whether most of the incoming Administration wants to undermine the free press and suppress dissent.  But the objective of Donald Trump is clear, as it is to his Propagandist-in-Chief, General Kellyanne Conway.

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