George Conway, the conservative lawyer and husband of White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, says that despite his pointed criticisms of President Trump, he had refrained from believing Trump was a racist. But Trump’s attacks on four Democratic congresswomen of color left him “no doubt”: The president is a “racist.”
“No matter how much I found him ultimately unfit, I still gave him the benefit of the doubt about being a racist,” Conway writes. “But Sunday left no doubt. Naivete, resentment and outright racism, roiled in a toxic mix, have given us a racist president.”
The latest firestorm over Trump’s rhetoric began Sunday, when Trump tweeted that the self-proclaimed “squad” — Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts — should “go back” to their “broken and crime infested” countries. All are U.S. citizens, and three of the four were born in the U.S.
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WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 17: George T. Conway III, husband of White House Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway, attends the 139th Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House April 17, 2017 in Washington, DC. The White House said 21,000 people are expected to attend the annual tradition of rolling colored eggs down the White House lawn that was started by President Rutherford B. Hayes in 1878. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway, center, and her husband George Conway, right, greet guests on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington during a Halloween event welcoming children from the Washington area and children of military families to trick-or-treat, Monday, Oct. 30, 2017. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
In this Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017 photo, President-elect Donald Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway, center, accompanied by her husband, George, speaks with members of the media as they arrive for a dinner at Union Station in Washington, the day before Trump's inauguration. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
“These are people that hate our country,” Trump said. “They hate our country. They hate it, I think, with a passion.”
When asked if he was concerned his comments were being used as validation by white nationalists, the president said he was not.
“It doesn’t concern me because many people agree with me,” Trump said.
The congresswomen subsequently held a press conference on Capitol Hill in which they hit back at Trump and called for his impeachment. Conway also called for Trump’s impeachment following special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation
“What the Mueller report disturbingly shows, with crystal clarity, is that today there is a cancer in the presidency: President Donald J. Trump,” he wrote at the time.
Conway, who has emerged as one of Trump’s fiercest critics, was not always one.