Kellyanne Conway Calls Out Omar, Others: ‘They Represent A Very Dark Element In This Country. I Will Always Stand Up Against Those People’

On Tuesday, counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway defended President Trump’s tweets that told several Democratic members of Congress to “go back” to their own countries to where they came from.

Speaking with a group of reports outside of the White House, Conway contended that the tweets were not racist in nature and were instead aimed at members who depreciate the United States and its flag—specifically referencing the four freshmen Democrat members who refer to themselves as “the squad”: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Talib, and Ayanna Pressley.

“I will always stand here and stand up for the flag, and not kneel when I say it. I will call out people who vote against humanitarian aid that’s supposed to help the kids and the women they pretend—and you let them pretend and lie they care about (sic),” Conway said.

“I will always stand up for the military and the veterans, and call out people who voted against $700 billion for them, $716 billion for them,” she continued. “We are now the equivalent for some of these people—and not just those four, please, they represent a very dark element in this country—that seems to not respect the military, not respect the veterans, not vote for humanitarian aid.”

“Why is that?” Conway prodded. “I will always stand up—I will always stand up against those people.”

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Conway followed the comments up with a tweet specifying the term “dark” referenced their “dangerous beliefs” and policies, not their race.

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Shortly before Conway’s comments, she clashed with a reporter who asked about Trump’s instruction to members to “go back” to their countries.

“If the president was not telling these four congresswomen to return to their supposed countries of origin, to which countries was he referring?” asked Andrew Feinberg, a White House reporter for Breakfast Media.

Conway then pressed the reporter to his own heritage, volunteering her own as Italian and Irish, NBC News reports:

Conway paused and then asked him, “What’s your ethnicity?”

“Why is that relevant?” Feinberg replied.

“Because I’m asking a question. My ancestors are from Ireland and Italy,” Conway shot back.

The exchange took place with members of the media on the White House driveway Tuesday morning, when, following an appearance on Fox News, Conway was repeatedly asked what Trump meant when he tweeted earlier this week that a quartet of progressive congresswomen should “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.”

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Conway followed up the interaction with a tweet saying she did not intend to disrespect the reporter:

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