The husband of one of President Donald Trump’s trusted advisers donated a large sum to a political rival of the president, former Rep. Joe Walsh, who is running in the Republican primary contests with hopes of replacing Trump as the party’s preferred choice.
Conservative lawyer George Conway, the husband to White House counsel Kellyanne Conway, gave $5,600 to Walsh’s campaign on August 30, CNN reported on Wednesday, citing public documents obtained from the Federal Elections Commission.
Conway has long been a critic of Trump’s during the first few years he’s been in office, which has led some in the media to question his wife’s role in the White House since the two don’t see eye-to-eye on the matter of her boss.
The individual Conway donated to is also a frequent critic of the president’s. Walsh has explained that Trump cannot be the president for another four years, adding that if he cannot win the primary, he won’t vote to re-elect Trump in the general election.
“I don’t want [Trump] to win. The country cannot afford to have him win. If I’m not successful, I’m not voting for him,” Walsh said in August.
— George Conway (@gtconway3d) October 16, 2019
Conway has not only been a vociferous opponent of Trump in the form of campaign contributions to his political opponents, but he’s also called for his ouster from office entirely, urging Congress in April of this year to impeach Trump, following the submitting of the Mueller report to the attorney general’s office.
“White House counsel John Dean famously told Nixon that there was a cancer within the presidency and that it was growing,” Conway wrote at the time, comparing Trump’s actions to what occurred during the Watergate scandal. “What the Mueller report disturbingly shows, with crystal clarity, is that today there is a cancer in the presidency: President Donald J. Trump.”