Defending Trump’s Statements, Kellyanne Conway Asks Jewish Reporter, ‘What’s Your Ethnicity?’
White House counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway responded glibly to a reporter on Tuesday afternoon after he asked her a question regarding President Donald Trump’s controversial comments toward four Democratic Congresswomen.
Trump had said on Twitter over the weekend that the four women of color should “go back” to their countries of origin and fix them, before making complaints about anything that’s wrong with America or policies he’s trying to enact.
Only one of the four lawmakers he referred to is foreign-born — Rep. Ilhan Omar, who emigrated to the U.S. at the age of 12, and became a citizen in the year 2000. The remaining three (Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, and Ayanna Presley) were all born in the United States, contradictory to Trump’s prior insinuations.
Since those tweets hit social media, many have said Trump’s words were racist, which he has vehemently denied, although he has since doubled-down on the matter, demanding that the four lawmakers apologize to him and the American people, per previous reporting from HillReporter.com.
Conway was taking questions from reporters on Tuesday when the matter came up. White House reporter Andrew Feinberg asked her if she could clarify what exactly the president had meant by his previous comments.
“If the president was not telling these four Congresswomen to return to their supposed countries of origin, to which countries was he referring?” Feinberg asked.
Conway answered by asking a question of her own to Feinberg: “What’s you’re ethnicity?” she asked.
Kellyanne Conway asked a Jewish reporter 'What's your ethnicity?' while defending Trump's racist 'go home' tweets directed at lawmakers of color pic.twitter.com/zhFeKPwRJW
— NowThis (@nowthisnews) July 16, 2019
Taken aback, Feinberg said that wasn’t relevant to his question. “It is, because you’re asking about — he said ‘originally,'” Conway retorted. “He said ‘originally from.'”
Conway further argued that her asking Feinberg about his own ethnicity was necessary “to have a full conversation” on the matter.
Feinberg then asked if Conway was implying that the president was telling those lawmakers to go back to the countries of their families’ origins, at which point Conway dismissed his question entirely. “The president’s already commented on that,” she said, before launching into an attack against the Congresswomen’s political views.
Speaking to The Daily Beast, Feinberg said he’s accustomed to Conway avoiding his questions, although this time he was taken by surprise.
“It’s not the first time she’s responded to one of my questions with an irrelevant question, but this time was particularly bizarre,” he said.
One of the major complaints from Trump and his supporters backing his attacks against the Congresswomen is also that they have supposedly made anti-Semitic remarks in the past. According to Forward, Feinberg is Jewish himself.
Several individuals on social media pointed out the hypocritical nature of the president and his administration supposedly making their comments against anti-Semitism, and then attacking Feinberg demanding to know his ethnicity.
Just so we're clear on what happened:
At an event today, the White House spokeswoman demanded to know the ethnicity of a JEWISH reporter before she would answer a question.
Kellyanne Conway is an antisemite and this is DANGEROUS. https://t.co/lZ6OJ1yZnB
— Mikel Jollett (@Mikel_Jollett) July 16, 2019
Here's why Kellyanne Conway asking a Jewish reporter, "What's your ethnicity" is so disgusting. The whole point of this entire controversy is that Trump tried to qualify 4 minority congresswomen’s Americanness with a racist trope, telling them to go back to where they came from. pic.twitter.com/zuIJFLZguW
— Brian Tyler Cohen (@briantylercohen) July 16, 2019
Jewish reporter @AndrewFeinberg asks Kellyanne Conway about Trump’s racist tweets.
“What’s your ethnicity?”
There goes that ‘anti-Semitism’ talking point they were clinging to.pic.twitter.com/km0fGuCWpu
— TrumpsTaxes (@TrumpsTaxes) July 16, 2019
Kellyanne Conway tells Andrew Feinberg that his ethnicity is relevant to his asking what countries Trump was referring to in his tweets.
Andrew Feinberg is a Jewish American.
He was born in Washington, D.C.
— Matt (@nosoupforgeorge) July 16, 2019
In a tweet of her own hours later, Conway insisted she didn’t mean to be disrespectful to Feinberg, and tried to clarify her own remarks.
This was meant with no disrespect.
We are all from somewhere else “originally”. I asked the question to answer the question and volunteered my own ethnicity: Italian and Irish.
Like many, I am proud of my ethnicity, love the USA & grateful to God to be an American 🇺🇸 https://t.co/OvBALIO6WP
— Kellyanne Conway (@KellyannePolls) July 16, 2019
“We are all from somewhere else ‘originally,'” Conway wrote. “I asked the question to answer the question and volunteered my own ethnicity: Italian and Irish. Like many, I am proud of my ethnicity, love the USA & grateful to God to be an American.”