Even as female journalists like Maggie Haberman, Andrea Mitchell, and Mika Brzezinski come to the defense of both her and Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Kellyanne Conway still just doesn’t seem capable of taking yes for an answer.
Conway sat in icy silence at Saturday night’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner as comedian Michelle Wolf called out her tendency to mislead the media. “If you don’t give her a platform, she has nowhere to lie,” Wolf told reporters in the room. “It’s like that old saying: If a tree falls in the woods, how do we get Kellyanne under that tree?” Wolf’s jokes about Sanders received even more backlash, with many falsely claiming she criticized the press secretary’s appearance.
During an appearance on Hannity Monday night, Conway was still fuming. As much as Sean Hannity didn’t want to “dignify this ridiculous dinner,” he said it would “negligent” to not ask his guest for her thoughts on the “insulting and crude” comedy routine. And she had some.
“Sean, in some ways there was very little that was surprising on Saturday night,” Conway said, smiling. “The faux outrage from some people who look down at Twitter all day long and see the likes of Sarah and Ivanka and me insulted—this just happened right in front of them when they were all gussied up so they couldn’t deny it. I mean, in some ways it was just another day at the office.”
“But it doesn’t make some people any less miserable or us any less powerful,” Conway added, cryptically, before pivoting to dutifully defend her boss, saying the dinner “fed right into all of the cynicism, the skepticism that a lot of Americans have about the mainstream media writ large.”
At that point, Hannity tried to move on to his next topic, but Conway continued talking about her failed attempts to find out how much Wolf was paid to speak at the dinner. “When the president of the White House Correspondents’ Association stood up and said, ‘An attack on one journalist is an attack on all journalists,’ well folks, think about this,” she said. “Is an attack on one woman, or two women, an attack on all women?”
“I’m glad I didn’t interrupt you, that’s a powerful line,” Hannity responded. He then started asking her about North Korea without mentioning the numerous times Donald Trump actually has attacked women for the way they look.