The nation's protesters feel "very emboldened," by the media attention they are receiving, White House presidential counsel Kellyanne Conway said Thursday, but she wonders if "they even know what they're protesting."
"I would love to do this big survey nationwide and ask everybody on these airports, on the college campuses, 'What's got you so in a lather?'" Conway told Fox News' "Fox & Friends," in response to protests that turned violent Wednesday night at the University of California at Berkeley.
The university Wednesday canceled a speech by Breitbart News editor Milo Yiannopoulos, drawing fire from President Donald Trump Thursday morning in a tweet:
Conway also slammed the college students and the school for the protests Thursday.
"Really, is it the free speech having somebody maybe on your campus that has a dissenting point of view, wants to present an alternative point of view?" Conway said. "Look, in the real world, when these kids grow up and go to try to find jobs, which they will in the Trump economy, life doesn't work that way, folks."
And Trump has a "point," Conway said.
"They don't welcome free speech," she said. "They're not protecting the First Amendment. I'm sure they don't hear much of it off the campus in the classroom, and it's just unfortunate but not surprising."
Conway also slammed the leaks of private diplomatic calls between Trump and the leaders of Mexico and Australia, saying, while transcripts have gotten out, it was not the White House that released them.
"We give a read out to the media on most conversations, but we don't release transcripts and we certainly don't mischaracterize and some others have," Conway said. "We are the ones not leaking . . . you're a little bit hamstrung when you're the one upholding either the law or frankly upholding agreements to not release."
The news will be "mischaracterized by the media," she complained, "because it's a heck of a lot better for them as a storyline today than covering the fact that the president and his daughter made a trip to Dover Air Force Base yesterday to receive the family of our brave fallen Ryan Owens in Yemen.
"It's a heck of a lot easier than figuring out what he will say at the [National] Prayer Breakfast today in front of people of multi-religious denominations."
Conway also Thursday called Democrats who oppose Trump's nominees, including Supreme Court Justice nominee Neil Gorsuch, a "bunch of crybabies" and declared the Democratic Party is proceeding to "unravel in front of our eyes."
"[They are] a bunch of cry babies who say they are going to oppose Supreme Court nominees before they even know the person's name, and his academic credentials ,and impeccable judicial record," Conway said.
"I'm told yesterday this is the longest that the nation has gone without a secretary of the Treasury . . . It's darn close to it."
Meanwhile, Trump's visit to Dover Air Force Base was kept quiet, as he and daughter Ivanka wanted to speak to Owens' family and pay their condolences in private.
"The family requested no cameras no, press," Conway said. "Of course, that was respected as well. I saw the president after he got back last night. And we were able to discuss what a moving day it was. This is what presidents do and leaders do."
Owens died in a raid in Yemen last weekend, and Conway on Thursday described the event, as a "successful operation in terms of yielding, in terms of destroying 14 operatives and yielding a cache of information in which we can use."
The raid came under some criticism after it was revealed the 8-year-old daughter of late al-Qaida leader Anwar al-Awlaki, was shot and killed. Her father died in a U.S. drone strike in 2011.
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