The National  Memo Logo

Smart. Sharp. Funny. Fearless.

Monday, December 09, 2019 {{ new Date().getDay() }}

Kellyanne Conway

When Kellyanne Conway was in the Trump White House, she was mocked unmercifully by Democrats as well as Never Trump conservatives for her use of the Orwellian phrase “alternative facts.” And now, Conway’s critics are slamming the Republican strategist for, ironically, saying that President Joe Biden and White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki have a “fact problem.”

During a Thursday, March 10 appearance on Fox News’ program “The Ingraham Angle,” Conway told far-right host Laura Ingraham, “Joe Biden, he has this way — Jen Psaki — of playing the blame and game, name and shame nonsense of Washington. But it would rely on the American people believing it, and they’ve lost credibility not just in their message, in their messengers. You know, Laura, I like to say the Democrats don’t have — this administration doesn’t have — a messaging problem. They have a fact problem.”

It didn’t take Twitter users and Conway critics long to point out that someone who is infamous for using the term “alternative facts” is the last person who should be accusing Biden and Psaki of having “a fact problem”:

Another irony: Conway (whose critics sometimes mock her as Kellyanne “Alternative Facts” Conway) is married to attorney George Conway, a Never Trump conservative who has been a scathing critic of former President Donald Trump and a key player in the anti-Trump conservative group The Lincoln Project. While George Conway is considered one of the intellectual voices of the right, his wife is the complete opposite and specializes in performative politics and buffoonish antics. George Conway, agree or disagree with his right-wing politics, focuses on issues; Kellyanne Conway specializes in childish buffoonery.

Here are some more responses to Kellyanne Conway’s “fact problem” comment:

Reprinted with permission from Alternet

Advertising

Start your day with National Memo Newsletter

Know first.

The opinions that matter. Delivered to your inbox every morning

Mark Levin

Politico reported Friday that John Eastman, the disgraced ex-law professor who formulated many of former President Donald Trump’s efforts to overturn the 2020 election results, was also apparently in communication with Fox News host Mark Levin. The story gets even more interesting from there, revealing the shell game that right-wing media personalities engage in while doubling as political operatives.

A legal filing by Eastman’s attorneys reveals that, among the messages Eastman is still attempting to conceal from the House January 6 committee are 12 pieces of correspondence with an individual matching Levin’s description as “a radio talk show host, is also an attorney, former long-time President (and current board chairman) of a public interest law firm, and also a former fellow at The Claremont Institute.” Other details, including a sloppy attempt to redact an email address, also connect to Levin, who did not respond to Politico’s requests for comment.

Keep reading... Show less

Sen. Wendy Rogers

Youtube Screenshot

There have been powerful indicators of the full-bore radicalization of the Republican Party in the past year: the 100-plus extremist candidates it fielded this year, the apparent takeover of the party apparatus in Oregon, the appearance of Republican officials at white nationalist gatherings. All of those are mostly rough gauges or anecdotal evidence, however; it’s been difficult to get a clear picture of just how deeply the extremism has penetrated the party.

Using social media as a kind of proxy for their real-world outreach—a reasonable approach, since there are few politicians now who don’t use social media—the Institute for Research and Education on Human Rights decided to get a clearer picture of the reach of extremist influences in official halls of power by examining how many elected officials participate in extremist Facebook groups. What it found was deeply troubling: 875 legislators in all 50 states, constituting nearly 22% of all elected GOP lawmakers, identified as participating members of extremist Facebook groups.

Keep reading... Show less
{{ post.roar_specific_data.api_data.analytics }}