Kellyanne Conway actually tried to defend Trump this way
Somehow, there’s still a debate raging on about whether President Donald Trump is a racist, even after he told four Congresswomen of color to “go back” where they came from (spoiler alert: three of them were born in the U.S., and the other became a citizen when she was a teenager). The update thus far is that Trump insists he’s not a racist, even though he directed those comments only at black and brown women who have lived in this country longer than his own blindingly white wife has, and he’s demanding an apology from the Congresswomen who were the targets of his clearly racist rant.
But Trump doesn’t have to just defend himself. Nope, other members of his administration are on it, including Kellyanne Conway, who doesn’t exactly have a stellar track record for saying socially acceptable things either. She decided her strategy for defending the president would be to respond to a reporter asking about his remarks by saying, “What’s your ethnicity?”
The reporter in question was Andrew Feinberg, a White House reporter for Breakfast Media, who asked the question, “If the president was not telling these four congresswomen to return to their supposed countries of origin, to which countries was he referring?”
Conway’s response: “What’s your ethnicity?”
To his credit, Feinberg kept his composure through one of the most openly insane moments to happen in politics in a hot minute (and that is saying something). He asked Conway why that was relevant, and she responded, “No, no. It is. Because you’re asking about — he said ‘originally.’ He said ‘originally from.’ And you know everything he has said since and to have a full conversation.”
Do those words make sense to anyone else here? Because I personally can’t figure out what she was even trying to say.
What Trump was trying to say, though, is clear. The House just passed a resolution this morning, saying it “strongly condemns President Donald Trump’s racist comments that have legitimized and increased fear and hatred of new Americans and people of color by saying that our fellow Americans who are immigrants, and those who may look to the President like immigrants, should ‘go back’ to other countries.”
And in the wake of Trump’s comments, people of color and immigrants have been sharing heartbreaking stories of the times they were told to “go back” where they came from. It’s clearly racist and anti-immigrant, and for anyone in the Trump administration to say otherwise is gaslighting the American people. Not that that’s anything new from this administration.