‘That comment is beneath you’: Tense accusations fly between Jake Tapper and Kellyanne Conway

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CNN host and alleged journalist Jake Tapper caught quite the attitude Sunday when White House counselor Kellyanne Conway accused him and his peers in the demonstrably liberal media of purposefully smearing the president because they think he “can’t be beaten fairly and squarely.”

The tiff occurred during a discussion about former Vice President Joe Biden’s 2020 announcement. In an announcement video published last Thursday, the former VP cited the president’s response to the Charlottesville incident of 2017 as proof of his alleged white supremacist sympathies.

Following the Unite the Right that year in Charlottesville, Virginia, where white supremacists and Neo-nazis had duked it out with far-left Antifa thugs, the president delivered a statement in which he noted that, despite the presence of evil people, and despite the tragedy that took the life of young activist Heather Heyer, there had been some “very fine people” at the event.

He also rightly noted that “both sides” had likewise contained some “very bad people” and went out of his way to specifically condemn the neo-Nazis and white supremacists.

After Biden’s 2020 ad dropped last week, the president responded to the smear by describing his response to the Charlottesville incident as “perfect.” Tapper took issue with this Sunday.

Listen to his discussion with Conway below:

“Was President Trump’s response perfect?” he asked with skepticism.

“I think it was twisted for many years,” Conway replied.

“He said his response was perfect,” Tapper pressed.

“Intent matters,” the White House counselor replied.

“Was his response perfect? Gary Cohn doesn’t think his response was perfect. It’s a simple question. Yes or no,” he again demanded.

“It’s not a simple question,” Conway argued. “When President Trump condemned racism, bigotry, evil, violence and then took it many steps further and called out Neo-Nazis, white supremacists, KKK, that is darn near perfection.”

Tapper responded by arguing that the president’s response to the Charlottesville incident had been too ambiguous — and that he should have more forcefully and clearly condemned “all neo-Nazis, all anti-Christianity, all anti-Semitism, anti-Muslim activity.”

“The president called for a full ban on Muslims entering the United States,” he added, falsely referring to the travel ban that’s actually a ban on immigration from countries beset by terrorism.

This lie was too much for Conway.

“It looks like you and others, looking at 2020, are worried that this guy can’t be beaten fairly and squarely,” she replied with what appears to be anger.

“That comment is beneath you,” Tapper said.

To some on social media, the opposite is true:


His implication seemed to be that the White House counselor’s remark was somehow undignified or not true. But given the lengths to which the media have regularly gone to smear the president and anyone who supports him (remember the Covington Catholic High School kids?), the White House counselor’s attack line does seem to bear at least some legitimacy.

Remember, for instance, when Time magazine posted a photo of an illegal immigrant child on its cover last summer and claimed she’d been separated from her mother because of the president’s policies. Even when it was learned that the child had never been separated from her mother, the magazine refused to apologize or retract its story. As of April 2019, the story still remains up.

“The June 12 photograph of the 2-year-old Honduran girl became the most visible symbol of the ongoing immigration debate in America for a reason,” the magazine’s editor-in-chief, Edward Felsenthal, said at the time in defense of the picture.

“Under the policy enforced by the administration, prior to its reversal this week, those who crossed the border illegally were criminally prosecuted, which in turn resulted in the separation of children and parents. Our cover and our reporting capture the stakes of this moment.”

And that’s just one example. Many more exist:

And this doesn’t even cover CNN’s attempts to smear the president.

In Tapper’s defense, he’s one of the lone “journalists” in the media who’ve at least admitted that when the president spoke of “fine people” at the Unite the Right rally, he hadn’t meant the Nazis.

Sadly, that’s all the CNN host has admitted. He has yet to admit that Trump isn’t a white supremacist or Nazi, and that the president’s immigration policies aren’t rooted in racism.



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