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Kellyanne Conway: Trump Attacked Mika Brzezinski to Change the ‘One-Way Conversation of Toxicity’ (Video)



Conway Stunningly Claims Trump Tweeting Is ‘The Democratization of Information’

Kellyanne Conway took to Fox News Friday morning to defend President Donald Trump, but her defense didn’t actually help. The Counselor to the President admitted that Trump’s horrific Thursday morning attack on MSNBC co-hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, especially on Brzezinski, was designed to “change the conversation” of “one-way toxicity,” presumably to two-way, given his remarks.

“I heard poorly rated @Morning_Joe speaks badly of me (don’t watch anymore),” Trump had said on Twitter. “Then how come low I.Q. Crazy Mika, along with Psycho Joe, came … to Mar-a-Lago 3 nights in a row around New Year’s Eve, and insisted on joining me. She was bleeding badly from a face-lift. I said no!”

“it’s incredible to watch people play armchair psychologist, outwardly ridiculing the president’s physicalities, his mental state, calling names that you wouldn’t want your children to call on the playground,” Conway told the co-hosts at Fox & Friends, “and then all of a sudden feigning shock when he wants to fight back and defend himself,” she said.

“And hopefully, change the conversation, because the conversation right now is a one-way conversation of toxicity. A lot of these people on television right now do not criticize his policies, they do not criticize his actions and his beliefs, they criticize him,” she said, falsely.

The only TV pundits who are not regularly criticizing Trump’s policies, actions, or beliefs are Fox News hosts like Sean Hannity.

Conway was also asked if the White House holds meetings before Trump tweets to determine a strategy. She responded by saying he “controls his social media platform,” which reaches “100 million people as I understand it.” She curiously added, “he tells me, as if insulating herself from charges of lying. Trump does not have 100 million followers, although he may have a “reach” of 100 million, which is a technical term whose meaning is determined by social media companies.

She also said Trump’s tweeting “is his way of cutting out the middle man,” presumably the media. “The middle man doesn’t like it,” she claimed. (Actually, journalists have said they love when Trump tweets as it’s raw material for news-making.)

“I call it the democratization of information,” Conway said. She falsely claimed he uses social media “often” to “tell the veterans they are seen as one patient across the DOD and the VA.” That’s demonstrably false.

ThinkProgress’ Zack Ford writes, “In other words, it doesn’t matter what he says because it’s so great that he has a venue in which to say it.” Trump has made clear facts don’t matter – but his attacks also make clear either does policy, agenda, or messaging.

“He’s telling Americans that after seven and a half years of ObamaCare, lying to people about keeping their plans,” she said, rattling off claims of insurers pulling out, Conway said Trump “uses that social media platform to do that.”

Conway went on to defend Trump by saying, “As a woman who knows him and works for him, I’m very pleased at how he treats women in this workplace, the White House.” 

She noted she is a mother of four children.

“His two daughters and his wife are three of the strongest, most intelligent, most courageous women I’ve ever met, and they’re all willing to be public servants at this point,” Conway said, adding he has been “elevating women” in his business and in the White House, including in the cabinet. Trump has just two women in his cabinet. At this point in his administration President Barack Obama had four women in his cabinet, with a total of eight during his tenure.

Conway also said “millions of women rejected a woman for President.” But millions more women voted for Clinton than for Trump, 54% to 42%.

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Right-Wing Outraged Over Falsely Thinking White House Press Secretary Said National Security Council Is Using ‘TikTok’



For decades White House press secretaries, military officers, and reporters have used the words “tick-tock” to denote an overview of a conversation, or a chronological telling of a series of events – and not the now-popular Chinese app “TikTok,” which some allege has major national security implications.

And yet, the far-right-wing website Daily Caller, a veteran Fox News host, and many others on the social media site Twitter attacked Karine Jean-Pierre Monday afternoon, after the White House Press Secretary told the press: “I know there was a tick-tock that went out to all of you from the National Security Council that was pretty detailed on how everything broke down for the past week.”

Inside Elections’ Jacob Rubashkin mocked The Daily Caller, (which was founded by Tucker Carlson,) for getting something so basic so wrong.

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Longtime journalist Keith Olberman blasted several people on Twitter who assumed the worst, including veteran Fox News reporter David Asman.

He didn’t stop there.



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House Ethics Committee Begins Questioning Santos Staffers



The U.S. House Committee on Ethics has begun questioning staffers for embattled Rep. George Santos, who on Friday was accused of sexual harassment and improper hiring practice by a prospective aide the New York Republican interviewed and hired.

CNN Capitol Hill reporter Melanie Zanona, reporting the committee’s questioning, calls it “a sign that the committee is looking into some of the allegations against Santos, though it doesn’t necessarily mean a formal investigation has been launched yet.”

“It is unclear what exactly the committee asked these staffers about, but multiple ethics complaints have been filed against Santos,” Zanona adds.

READ MORE: Watch: Democrats File Ethics Complaint Against George Santos After GOP Leadership Calls It an ‘Internal’ Matter

Most recently, a prospective staffer filed a complaint that the congressman made an unwanted sexual advance.

Two New York Democrats last month also filed an ethics complaint against Santos over his financial disclosure reporting.



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Jordan’s First Hearing on ‘So-Called’ Weaponization of Government Mocked Over Conspiracy Theorist Witnesses



Its first hearing isn’t until Thursday but already Chairman Jim Jordan‘s Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government is being mocked after the list of witnesses was released.

NBC News’ Garrett Haake reports testifying before the committee on Thursday will be ex-Democratic Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, U.S. Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI), U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA), and former FBI special agent Nicole Parker.

Gabbard left the Democratic Party and is now an independent and a Fox News contributor. In 2019, Hillary Clinton suggested she was a Russian asset being groomed for a third-party presidential run. She sued the former Democratic presidential nominee and former U.S. Secretary of State but later dropped the defamation lawsuit.

Also, Gabbard “shared false information,” Forbes reported last year, “about U.S. involvement in Ukraine biological laboratories … giving credence to an unfounded Russian-backed conspiracy theory the U.S. has warned could serve as justification for Russia to use biological and chemical weapons against Ukraine.”

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Sen. Johnson, who narrowly won re-election after being among the top promoters of Donald Trump’s “Big Lie,” is a conspiracy theorist who uses his Senate seat to spread false information about COVID and a host of other crises.

CNN’s Chris Cillizza branded Johnson the “Senate’s leading conspiracy theorist” just one year ago. The Washington Post reported last May that Sen. Johnson “expressed openness” to “a fervent anti-vaccination” commentator’s “idea that maybe the coronavirus vaccines are a conduit for deliberately giving people AIDS.”

Sen. Grassley has come under fire for his racist remarks about COVID-19, dangerously false claims about the IRS, and apparent falsehoods about the January 6 insurrection and its participants.

Last year The American Independent reported Grassley told a constituent “what you said is accurate.” According to The Independent, the constituent said during a town hall: “Knowing that the FBI and Capitol Police were complicit in Jan. 6, what have you done to get the political prisoners being held in gulag conditions out on bail?”

Some were quick to mock Chairman Jordan’s choice of witnesses to testify before his subcommittee’s first hearing.

“Johnson actively pushed the WI legislature & the VP to overturn the election. Tulsi used her perch in Congress to secretly meet with Assad & whitewash his war crimes. so in a sense, they are indeed experts on weaponizing gov’t.,” mocked former Hillary Clinton foreign policy spokesperson Jesse Lehrich.

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Jim Manley, a top aide to then-Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, described the panel as “low energy.”

NBC News Justice reporter Ryan J. Reilly pre-deflated Parker’s possible contributions, citing her as saying: “’I was never asked to participate in anything that was political,’ Nicole Parker said in one of her Fox News hits (Hannity, specifically).”

Even CNN did not hide its skepticism, beginning its reporting with this line: “The GOP-led House select subcommittee on so-called weaponization of the federal government will draw upon a prominent ex-Democrat, two of their Republican Senate colleagues, and a former FBI agent in their first public hearing to discuss how they believe the government has been weaponized against conservatives, multiple sources familiar with the plans tell CNN.”





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