Denials from Cabinet officials that they penned a scathing anti-Trump commentary don’t give the op-ed credibility, White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said Sunday — predicting the writer will likely identify themself.
In an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Conway called for the New York Times op-ed author to quit.
"I think this person is going to suss himself or herself out,” Conway said. “They are like criminals and ‘It was me but don't tell anyone!’ The person will tell someone, so they will probably suss themselves out. I hope whoever it is doesn't get a hero's welcome or red carpet unfurled.”
Conway also lamented that “as long as the message is anti-Trump the messenger has credibility” — and said most Americans don’t care about the op-ed piece, or its author.
“This person, obviously, is motivated by… deceit and I don't think should be viewed with credibility,” she said, adding, “The opinion being expressed is not widely held. It's widely held around tables like this and not around kitchen tables.”
“I'm with the vice president [Mike Pence],” Conway declared. “He has said the person should resign and if the person truly is an an appointee.”
“What is gained being so cowardly?” she added. “Come forward and say ‘I disagree with this president's policy’ — plenty Republicans have done that — and he has turned this city upside down."
Conway also said the author’s purpose failed “miserably.”
"If the motivation is what they state it is in that ridiculous op-ed, they failed miserably,” she declared. “They missed the mark completely. I think the motivation was to sow discord and create chaos and I refuse to be a part that."
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