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Family Feud
March 20, 2019

White House counselor Kellyanne Conway is finally speaking out about the feud between President Trump and her husband — and it sounds like she's on Trump's side.

Conway spoke with Politico on Wednesday after Trump went after her husband, George Conway, on Twitter for the second day in a row, calling him a "stone cold loser." The president's tweets came after Conway, who has long been an outspoken critic of the president, spent days suggesting that Trump has a personality disorder and that Americans should be concerned about his "mental condition and psychological state."

Kellyanne Conway told Politico that Trump is a "counterpuncher" and that he "left it alone for months out of respect for me." She asked, "you think he shouldn’t respond when somebody, a non-medical professional accuses him of having a mental disorder? You think he should just take that sitting down?" Conway said Trump is "obviously defending me" and offered some criticism of her husband by saying that he shouldn't "play psychiatrist."

Conway didn't answer a question about whether she wants Trump to stop tweeting about her husband, but did assert that this drama has not affected her job. "Hasn't everybody tried to push me out already and here I am, stronger than ever," she said.

Around the same time this Politico interview was published, Trump went after George Conway once again, telling reporters per The Hill's Jordan Fabian that he's a "whack job" who is "doing a tremendous disservice to a wonderful wife." Brendan Morrow

March 18, 2019

White House counselor Kellyanne Conway's husband is doubling down on his belief that President Trump's mental state is cause for concern.

On Monday, George Conway tweeted — without comment — pages from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders defining narcissistic personality disorder and antisocial personality disorder, clearly suggesting both apply to Trump's recent behavior.

Conway's tweets seemed to be in response to the president's unusually active weekend on Twitter, during which he attacked late Senator John McCain several times and suggested Saturday Night Live be investigated because it's too hard on him. Conway on Monday responded to a tweet about Trump's recent Twitter behavior by saying that "all Americans should be thinking seriously now about Trump's mental condition and psychological state, including ... the Vice President and Cabinet."

Last week, Conway had said that "a serious inquiry needs to be made about this man's condition of mind," and on Sunday, he concluded that the president's "condition is getting worse." Kellyanne Conway told reporters on Monday, per CNN's Manu Raju, that she does not "share" these concerns about her boss. Brendan Morrow

January 2, 2019

The next Romney family reunion may prove to be an awkward affair.

Republican National Committee Chair Ronna McDaniel, who is Senator-elect Mitt Romney's niece, on Wednesday spoke out against her uncle's op-ed about President Trump. Romney had criticized Trump's character and said that he has "not risen to the mantle of the office."

"For an incoming Republican freshman senator to attack @realdonaldtrump as their first act feeds into what the Democrats and media want and is disappointing and unproductive," McDaniel wrote without using Romney's name or noting their relationship.

December 11, 2018

As he gears up for the 2020 election, President Trump is ready for a challenge from one of his own.

Trump's re-election team has discussed the possibility that he will face a Republican primary challenger in 2020, The Associated Press reports. In particular, the two potential candidates they're keeping an eye on are Ohio Governor John Kasich (R) and Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.).

Both Kasich and Flake are leaving office soon and have discussed potential 2020 bids, with Kasich saying last month that he is looking at it "very seriously" because "we need different leadership," ABC News reports. Flake, meanwhile, has said that he hopes someone runs against Trump in the Republican presidential primaries, although he said in November that he doesn't necessarily see himself running, per CNBC. Both Kasich and Flake have made recent visits to New Hampshire, however, often a signal of forthcoming candidacy.

Trump's campaign plans to seek loyalty pledges from the GOP hoping to avoid a Republican challenge, per AP, and Politico reports that Trump's allies are trying to get the New Hampshire GOP to break from its usual tradition of remaining neutral in the state's primary. This would be so the Republican Party in the state can officially endorse Trump, and the president's team is also looking to get someone loyal to them as the state party's head. Interestingly, Kasich's team criticized this move, with strategist John Weaver saying it wouldn't impact the governor's decision on whether to run. Kasich came in second place to Trump in the 2016 New Hampshire Republican primary and CNN reports he refused to vote for him in the presidential election, writing in John McCain's name instead. Brendan Morrow

October 31, 2018

Less than a week before the midterm elections, President Trump is picking a public fight with the speaker of the House.

On Twitter Wednesday, Trump went off on House Speaker Paul Ryan, saying that he should be focusing on keeping the GOP's majority in the House rather than "giving his opinions on Birthright Citizenship, something he knows nothing about!"

He's referring to the fact that on Tuesday, Ryan said in a radio interview that Trump "obviously" does not have the authority to end birthright citizenship with an executive order, something the president had promised to do hours earlier. Trump also asserted that the "new Republican Majority" in the House will "work on this."

The president earlier on Wednesday defended his comments about an executive order, saying that "so called-birthright citizenship" will be "ended one way or the other." These promises come despite the fact that Trump reportedly had been warned by his own White House counsel that he probably doesn't have the authority to unilaterally end birthright citizenship, which grants citizenship to any person born in the U.S. But any opportunity to pick a fight with Ryan is one Trump will clearly take, and he now appears to have set himself up to blame the outgoing speaker should Democrats take control of the House next week. Brendan Morrow

February 6, 2017

Several leading Republicans and other conservatives criticized President Trump for his defense of Russian President Vladimir Putin's record as a "killer" in a Fox News interview that aired Sunday. Fox News host Bill O'Reilly asked Trump to explain his desire for improving relations with Putin, citing Putin's history, and Trump replied: "What, you think our country's so innocent?" Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said on CNN's State of the Union that it was wrong to suggest any equivalency between Russia's conduct and America's. "The Russians annexed Crimea, invaded Ukraine, and messed around in our elections," said McConnell, who branded Putin as a "thug."

Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) said there is "no moral equivalency between the United States of America, the greatest freedom-loving nation in the history of the world, and the murderous thugs" of Putin's regime. Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, called Trump's comments on Putin "deeply troubling and wrong." Harold Maass

October 8, 2016

The release of graphic remarks Donald Trump made about women in 2005 has thrown the GOP into tumult, with multiple big-name Republicans denouncing Trump's comments, retracting their endorsements, or even calling on him to step out of the presidential race.

Trump's running mate, Mike Pence, released a statement Saturday saying he is "offended" by Trump's remarks and cannot defend them, but will remain on the ticket. House Speaker Paul Ryan called Trump's words "sickening" and uninvited the candidate from a scheduled joint event in his home state of Wisconsin. Trump faced particular backlash from Utah Republicans: Utah Sen. Mike Lee told Trump to drop out, while Utah Gov. Gary Herbert and Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz took back their endorsements.

A host of other Republican heavyweights including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Sen. Marco Rubio, Florida Gov. Rick Scott, and Sen. Kelly Ayotte also condemned Trump's words. Nevertheless, the Republican National Committee denied a New York Times report that party leadership is meeting "to discuss what options the party has going forward in case Trump isn't the nominee."

Watch's Lee's demand for Trump to exit the race below. "This can't continue," he says. "It's time for us not to settle. It's time for us to expect more."

This post has been updated throughout. Bonnie Kristian

May 18, 2014

Jay Z and Solange went on Saturday Night Live this weekend (or at least their parody doubles did) to dispel all the rumors about their in-elevator altercation. As an edgy security guard stood by, they claimed to love each other and explained that the leaked video of their supposed fight wasn't at all what it seemed. After inserting the purported audio back onto the footage, they revealed that Solange wasn't really wailing on Jay Z: She was wailing on a spider that was climbing all over him.

Hey, at least that's not as crazy as some of the other theories out there. Jon Terbush

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