During an exclusive interview on Friday, June 30, with Peter Hasson, associate editor of the Daily Caller website, White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway slammed CNN for having an "anti-Trump office culture."
Conway's remarks came after the release of a video that shows CNN producer Jimmy Carr calling her an “awful woman, you know, the blonde" who “looks like she got hit with a shovel.”
She also dismissed the notion that Morning Joe co-host Mike Brzezinski is a victim of sexism, calling that idea "really rich just for any woman who works here" because of her attacks on women in the Trump White House.
The controversy began on a Thursday, June 29, tweet from Trump stating:
I heard poorly rated Morning Joe speaks badly of me (don't watch anymore). Then how come low I.Q. Crazy Mika, along with Psycho Joe [Scarborough], came ... to Mar-a-Lago 3 nights in a row around New Year's Eve and insisted on joining me.
She was bleeding badly from a face-lift. I said no! Bad show.
The interview was conducted after James O'Keefe and Project Veritas released a video of Carr's remarks, leading Conway to note: "On this guy from CNN, it’s part of a culture where it’s accepted if not applauded to ridicule the president of the United States and his senior staff."
“She looks like she got hit with a shovel,” Carr told the Project Veritas videographer, who pretended not to know Conway.
“What’s that?” the man asked Carr, who repeated the disparaging remark a second time. “She looks like she got hit with a shovel.”
Conway also said during the interview: "And I’m sure people at CNN are hoping that the long holiday weekend, and as many of them have described to me that the 'lowly junior status' of this fellow, is supposed to fade into the Independence Day fireworks."
She stated that "the screaming lower third [of the TV screen} of the constant merciless attacks" on Trump and his senior staff.
The video’s release came out after CNN focused most of the previous day’s coverage on the disparaging tweets President Trump posted about Brzezinski and Scarborough.
In many ways, Conway continued, Carr "was just joining in on the fun. I'm waiting, waiting, waiting for someone there to stand up and express their outrage at a high-ranking woman at the White House being talked about in such ways."
On Friday, Scarborough asserted that his co-host "did have a little skin under her chin tweaked, but this was hardly a state secret."
"Media coverage of Trump’s remarks portrayed it as the latest in a pattern of sexist comments that he has made," Hasson stated.
Conway also pointed to several remarks Brzezinski has made against her, including one in which she referred to the White House counselor of generating "politics porn" that was being aired on CNN.
“When Mika said what she has said about me, I have not responded,” Conway noted. “All those things she’s said about me -- ‘politics porn,’ ‘liar,’ ‘nothing honest about Kellyanne Conway’ -- I haven’t responded to that, I haven’t shown the texts, I’ve sort of just sucked it up, swallowed it, dealt with the crying kids about it.”
“Let’s be frank here,” she stated, “it’s a one-percenter’s conversation.” Conway then noted:
I’m here for those people who need help, the women who have no jobs, no health care, struggling with opioid addiction, whose kids have been murdered by illegal aliens who hadn’t been deported, had felony convictions -- I’m here for all them, as is the president.
Also in the Project Veritas video, Carr was asked by an undercover journalist if CNN is impartial. He responded: "In theory. "
He then continued to talk about CNN’s views on President Trump.
“On the inside, we all recognize he is a clown, that he is hilariously unqualified for this,” Carr stated. “He’s really bad at this and that he does not have America’s best interests. We recognize he’s just f**king crazy.”
Carr also stated that Trump is “not actually a Republican. He just adopted that because that was the party he thought he could win in.“
“He doesn’t believe anything that these people believe,” Carr continued. “The man is on his third wife. I guarantee you he’s paid for abortions. He doesn’t give a s**t about abortion. He doesn’t care about gay marriage."
CNN released a statement in response to the fallout of the new video: "Diversity of personal opinion is what makes CNN strong; we welcome it and embrace it."
Obviously, Kellyanne Conway disagrees with the concept that cable television is interested in “diversity,” especially when it comes to her and the rest of the Trump administration.