He Visited the Conways' Home and Found His Story

Ben Terris spends time with George, Kellyanne Conway
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 16, 2018 9:30 AM CDT
When You Hate Trump, Are Married to Kellyanne Conway
In this Jan. 19, 2017, photo, Kellyanne Conway, center, accompanied by her husband, George, speaks with members of the media as they arrive for a dinner at Union Station in Washington, the day before Donald Trump's inauguration.   (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Ben Terris writes that Kellyanne Conway invited him to her sprawling $7.7 million home ("like a mini Mar-a-Lago," he notes) "because she thought it would be a good symbol for her commitment to, and the enduring strength of, the Trump presidency." What emerges instead in the Washington Post is the portrait of a marriage under President Trump. George Conway, an early Trump backer who introduced his wife to Trump, is singing a different tune these day, with Twitter as his audience. What does Trump think of her husband's tweets against him? She'll allow only that he thinks they're "impolite." As for what Conway herself thinks, Terris recounts a back-and-forth in which she says "It is disrespectful, it's a violation of basic decency, certainly, if not marital vows," then tacks on "as a person familiar with their relationship"—suggesting she didn't want to be cited as the source for that quote.

Terris replies that she can't amend that last part, that she's on the record here. They squabble back and forth a bit, and she ends by saying that's how others see it, and "I've never actually said what I think about it and I won't say what I think about it, which tells you what I think about it." He frames them as "deft" at dodging criticism, worried about each other's reputations, but still proud of what they've achieved. He describes his piece as "a story about both of them. ... It's the story of people who love Trump, and the people who are trying to love them." Read the full story, which captures some Trump-related banter between the couple, here. (Read more Kellyanne Conway stories.)

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