It must be a strange experience to sit at the dinner table each night with Kellyanne Conway and her husband, George.
The beautiful Kellyanne was one of Donald Trump’s most avid supporters during his 2016 campaign for president, and she became one of his chief counselors in the White House.
Her husband is a prominent conservative lawyer who turned down a top job in Trump’s Justice Department. He sees through Trump and won’t have anything to do with him. He said a few days ago, “All Americans should be thinking seriously now about Trump’s mental condition and psychological state, including — and especially — the media, Congress and the vice president and Cabinet. His condition is getting worse.”
Reporters asked Kellyanne if she agreed with her husband. Standing in the White House driveway, her eyes were like a deer’s in the headlights.
Kellyanne defends Trump every day and every night. She devised the words “alternative facts” for what the White House puts out. But Chuck Todd of “Meet the Press” pointed out that, “Alternative facts are falsehoods.” Trump has told close to 9,000 “alternative facts,” that is, lies, since he became president. It’s a record.
He lies and lies and lies. But Kellyanne always wants to give him a “Get Out of Jail Free” card. She’s assured us that he doesn’t necessarily mean the things he says and that we would all understand if we just knew him. Whatever. Ranting on Twitter, he’s been besmirching the name of the late Sen. John McCain, a Vietnam War hero.
George Conway is having none of it. He wishes he had never introduced Trump to Kellyanne in the first place.
Trump worked his tweeter finger one morning last week to insult George, saying, “George Conway, often referred to as Mr. Kellyanne Conway by those who know him, is VERY jealous of his wife’s success and angry that I, with her help, didn’t give him the job he so desperately wanted. I barely know him but just take a look, a stone cold LOSER & husband from hell!”
Whether he’s “Mr. Kellyanne Conway” or not, George is my kind of guy. Like many of us, he thinks Trump is a wannabe dictator.
At a prestigious conference on the rule of law a few weeks ago at Georgetown University, he criticized Trump, saying, “If people were to get indicted or not indicted on the basis of whether the president likes them, we wouldn’t have a republic — we’d have a banana republic.”
George thinks the president has a serious personality disorder. He has tweeted a long list of psychological symptoms, including deceitfulness and grandiosity, that he sees in Trump.
Though they have a new $8 million home, the Conways must live in a house divided, like the Bickersons of old.
On 1940s radio, “The Bickersons” was a continuing comedy series in which a married couple spent nearly all their time together throwing insults at each other. Every Tuesday night, thousands of listeners across America glued their ears to their old-fashioned radios, waiting to hear what would come out next.
The wife would say, “You used to be so considerate. Since you married me you haven’t got any sympathy at all.”
The husband would reply, “I have, too. I’ve got everybody’s sympathy.”
“You’d better say you’re sorry for that,” Mrs. Bickerson would demand.
Her husband would be contrite. “I’m the sorriest man that was ever born,” he’d groan.
Like the Bickersons, the Conways must spend nearly all their time together in relentless verbal warfare.
I realize that what’s happened to the Conways “ain’t funny Magee,” to quote another line from old-time radio, but they’ve put themselves between Trump and everything that’s holy.