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Thursday, May 24, 2018

Reprinted with permission from Shareblue.com

Kellyanne Conway threw a tantrum of her own when asked to explain Trump’s latest Twitter tirades. And she wound up making a devastating point against her boss.

Trump posted a series of panicky tweets Saturday morning, fretting about the prospect of his personal attorney “flipping” on him. On CNN’s “State of the Union” Sunday morning, host Dana Bash asked Conway to explain the tweets.

When Conway was unable to do so, Bash asked, “If the president’s going to tweet something like that, shouldn’t he own it and explain it?”

“He owns it,” Conway insisted. “He owns everything.”

Bash continued to press her on the issue, and Conway quickly lost it, lashing out in response.

“I’m sure CNN will talk about it for the next week,” she sneered. “I’m sure there will be graphics and chyrons and everything else.”

And she only grew more petulant as she went on. “Dana, if the president didn’t tweet, what would CNN talk about?” Conway asked. “I’m very … I’m curious.”

“You know what? We would talk a lot more about the issues that he’s not diverting from,” Bash replied.

Trump’s latest round of attacks and nonsense are made all the more glaring by the circumstances. They came just as Melania Trump joined former presidents and first families at the funeral of former First Lady Barbara Bush. Trump watched the event on television, then continued his Twitter rants.

Even a mass shooting in Tennessee overnight could not intrude into Trump’s Twitter time.

But even if Trump stopped tweeting long enough to test Conway’s hypothetical, the results would be no better for him. Currently, that would mean discussing his bumbling attempt at diplomacy with North Korea.

Trump has proven time and again that he doesn’t need Twitter to have a meltdown. But Conway’s unwillingness to address his social media behavior speaks just as loudly as his ranting tweets.