Dodge, lie, weave, lie, waffle, lie, misdirect, lie, pivot, lie. CBS News reports:
Two days after GOP nominee Donald Trump finally conceded that President Obama was born in the United States, Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway blamed the entire “birther” theory on Hillary Clinton’s 2008 campaign.
“This started with Hillary Clinton’s campaign, number one,” she told CBS’ “Face the Nation. “Number two, it was Donald Trump who put the issue to rest when he got President Obama to release his birth certificate years later and number three, he said President Obama was born in this country period and let’s move on to creating jobs, defeating radical Islam, rebuilding our inner cities.”
Conway said Clinton was running in a “bruising, vicious primary” against Mr. Obama in 2008 and that her team directed reporters to Mr. Obama’s citizenship because she’s a bad “closer” who didn’t expect Mr. Obama’s rise.
Oh, and remember how Conway laughably claimed that Trump “doesn’t hurl personal insults”? Now she says his targets deserve it.
As for the criticism Trump received from former defense secretary Robert Gates, who wrote in an op-ed Saturday that Trump is “beyond repair” on national security issues, Conway blasted Gates for his comments on Islamic terrorism.
“Sec. Gates really should have, I think, in his book been a little bit more forceful about the fact that radical Islam has ideological moorings,” she said. “He acts like terrorism is something like the weather, it just happens, and we as Americans know that’s not true.”
Trump responded on Saturday to Gates’ criticism with several tweets calling Gates—who has served eight different presidents, most of them Republicans—“dopey.” He also referred to Gates as a “clown” at a campaign event this weekend.
Asked whether Trump’s over-the-top response proves Gates’ point about the candidate, Conway replied: “No, not at all.”
“He was defending himself, and Mr. Trump has the right to do that,” she said. “He’s attacked by people who have never met him, who haven’t given a thoughtful look to his plans which of course are out there for everyone to see.”
If you can bear watching the entire clip, you’ll be astounded (or not) about Conway’s smiling lies.