It’s been a while since we’ve heard from White House counselor Kellyanne Conway. We had almost forgotten how truly deplorable she is. Almost.
When asked for her reaction to Trump using the racist nickname twice in just four days–first in Oklahoma and then again in Arizona–Conway replied, “My reaction is that the president has made very clear that he wants everybody to understand, and I think many Americans do understand, that the virus originated in China.”
She added, “And had China been more transparent and honest with the United States and the world, we wouldn’t have all the death and destruction that unfortunately we’ve suffered.”
This is the exact opposite reaction Conway had back in March when it was first reported that an “unnamed White House official” (read: Donald Trump) had used the racist phrase behind closed doors. At the time, Conway called the phrase “wrong” and “highly offensive.”
When Chinese-American reporter Weijia Jiang informed Conway today that “kung flu” doesn’t explicitly refer to China, Conway dug her heels in further.
“How do you know, excuse me, how do you know the way people, how do you know that people aren’t anticipating that or are not connecting that?” she scolded. “You don’t know that!”
When Jiang then asked Conway to “walk her through” Trump’s logic of calling it the “kung flu” virus, Conway quipped, “You can ask him, how is that?” Then she accused Jiang of “stoking” the issue.
“I’m here to solve things not stoke them,” she said. “You did the opposite on this issue.”
Watch Conway defend Trump’s racism below. Or don’t.