Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway appeared on several news TV shows on Monday commenting the latest FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server.
Donald Trump’s campaign is basking in Hillary Clinton’s bad turn of fortune, with manager Kellyanne Conway gloating on Monday that Democrats are to blame for any buyers’ remorse they’re feeling after the latest revelation in her long-running email scandal.
“I would just say that I think all along, we’ve been asking the questions about the wrong candidate. The Democrats own Hillary Clinton,” Conway said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” as she made the rounds on the morning shows. “They made a huge mistake by nominating someone they know is a serial liar, has a history of having a casual relationship with the truth, of always putting Hillary first. And I think that we’re seeing that come home to roost here because they should own her.”
With less than two weeks to go before Election Day, the revelation from Comey could not have come at a better time for the Trump campaign, which spent much of October playing defense against accusations of sexual assault against the Manhattan billionaire and a 2005 recording on which he can be heard using vulgar language to describe sexually predatory behavior. As his poll numbers slipped, Trump began regularly suggesting without evidence that the election would be rigged against him, allegations that only begat more criticism.
But with Clinton now on the defensive, Conway wondered aloud on Monday why the former secretary of state is not being asked the same questions as Trump after she spent the weekend calling into question the credibility of the FBI and its director. That Clinton has ginned up the boo birds for the bureau should prompt the media, Conway said.
“Are we going to ask if she’s going to accept the results if she loses?” Conway said on MSNBC. “Are we going to start asking her if she’s inciting violence and anger?”
After Conway’s interview concluded Monday morning, MSNBC hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski noted that “Morning Joe” had reached out to the Clinton campaign and senior Democrats on Capitol Hill to come on the show, but that all had refused. Elsewhere on morning TV news, Clinton surrogates were scarce, if they were present at all.
Conway’s deputy campaign manager, David Bossie, echoed his boss in his own Monday morning interview on Fox News’ “Fox & Friends.” There, he said the FBI’s review of potentially fresh evidence would likely take months to complete and that Americans are concerned about electing a woman who would “have such criminal problems as president.”
But Bossie and Conway insisted that Clinton’s email scandal would be only a part of the Trump campaign’s messaging strategy in the coming days, not the totality of it. Conway said Trump “will continue to talk about what he’s talked about all along,” including job creation, combating terrorism, Clinton’s support for the Affordable Care Act and, yes, her ethics.
That Conway and Bossie seemed eager to talk about issues other than Clinton’s email server suggested that perhaps the Trump campaign is not eager to supplant other valuable talking points. Comey’s announcement on Friday only added to a Clinton campaign already awash in controversy, and Trump’s team seemed happy on Monday to keep reminding voters about the spike in premiums for Obamacare health insurance plans and the continuing deluge of leaked emails from Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta.
“Look, this is a woman who, it’s reported last week, Hillary Clinton spent tens of thousands of dollars on polling and focus groups two years before the election to find out what she believes, who she is and how to convey that to the rest of us,” Conway said in a separate interview on “CBS This Morning,” referencing Podesta’s emails. “There’s no way they have a Plan B in place. They were told last week the race is over, there is no path for Trump, wait out the clock.”