Kellyanne Conway Defends Trump’s Attacks Against Her Husband

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Kellyanne Conway said Trump is a "counterpuncher" and is allowed to respond when someone calls him mentally ill.

According to Politico, White House counselor Kellyanne Conway defended President Trump’s negative comments about her husband, George Conway. She said the president is a “counterpuncher” and that he is allowed to respond when he is accused of having a mental illness.

“He left it alone for months out of respect for me,” Conway said. “But you think he shouldn’t respond when somebody, a non-medical professional accuses him of having a mental disorder? You think he should just take that sitting down?”

“Don't play psychiatrist any more than George should be,” she continued. “You're not a psychiatrist and he's not, respectfully.”

Trump had spent the past two days attacking George Conway on Twitter. Conway has often mocked Trump via Twitter and Trump has restrained from counter-attack. But on Monday, when Conway claimed Trump had a mental illness, Trump responded.

“George Conway, often referred to as Mr. Kellyanne Conway by those who know him, is VERY jealous of his wife’s success & angry that I, with her help, didn’t give him the job he so desperately wanted,” Trump tweeted Wednesday. “I barely know him but just take a look, a stone cold LOSER & husband from hell!”

Later Trump told reporters that Conway is a “whack job” and a “tremendous disservice to a wonderful wife.”

Conway responded by sending over two dozen tweets, calling Trump “nuts” and reiterating his claim that the President suffers from mental illness.

Kellyanne Conway said in an interview that Trump has always treated her respectfully.

“The president is obviously defending me,” she said. “He could privately say to me, ‘Honey you’re a distraction. We love you. You'll always be a part of the family but go be with your kids. They need you. Go make a million dollars an hour. Go do that honey.' It's the opposite.”

More, she said Trump’s issues with her husband have not affected her job.

“Why would it affect my job? Hasn’t everybody tried to push me out already and here I am, stronger than ever,” she said. “You're looking at it the wrong way.”

“Yesterday George spent the day tweeting about the president,” she noted. “I spent my day doing two one-hour briefings with press and intergovernmental affairs people, agency people from all across the country and then over an hour briefing that I led in the Oval Office with the president and first lady in the cabinet on opioids at one year, so this is what I do here. I think it probably looks differently if everybody is turning into ‘Gossip Girl.’”