‘That means your candidate is guilty of an awful lot of things, no?’
Kellyanne Conway is in a tough position. Running any presidential campaign is an impossible, often thankless, job. If you’re successful, your boss gets all the credit and gets to be president. If you fail, you often take the blame for mistakes made along the way. Now, multiply that by a million and you get a sense of what it must be like on top of all that to spend most of your time in front of the media trying to defend Donald Trump.
During an appearance on Anderson Cooper 360, Conway was engaging with the CNN host in a discussion about Bill Clinton’s past sexual scandals.
“He settled a sexual harassment case for $850,000 with Paula Jones in 1998. The last time I didn’t sexually harass someone here at the campaign I didn’t pay him,” Conway said with an air of confidence, trying to put some context into the leaked videos showing Trump making disparaging comments about women.
However, Cooper came right back, challenging Conway on the assertion that settling a lawsuit without admitting guilt nonetheless implies guilt. After all, that’s what Trump has literally done dozens of times (and bragged about) over his decades-long career in real estate.
“Are you saying, implying that settling a lawsuit is implying guilt? Because, if so, that means your candidate is guilty of an awful lot of things, no?” Cooper asked.
Clearly stumped, Conway paused for several seconds before mumbling, “for that, really?” She quickly then tried flipping the conversation back to Clinton but in the moment it was clear: throwing stones is not a good idea when you’re representing a candidate with the biggest glass house in politics.