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Trusted Trump advisor Kellyanne Conway, fresh off a family drama that grabbed headlines earlier this week, went on Fox News Thursday to talk about how the protests over the shooting of Jacob Blake are giving a boost to the president’s reelection efforts.
“ ‘The more chaos and anarchy and vandalism and violence reigns, the better it is for the very clear choice on who’s best on public safety and law and order.’ ”
Those words, which were widely slammed by critics of Conway and the Trump administration, follow the arrest of 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse, who was charged with first-degree homicide after two protesters in Kenosha, Wisconson were shot and killed.
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Conway went on to place the blame squarely on the opposition party. “These are Democratically-led cities and most with Democratic governors,” she said. “It’s not Donald Trump’s watch.”
CNN political analyst Susan Glasser accused Conway of “saying the quiet part out loud,” while the New Yorker’s Jane Mayer fired off a tweet calling her statement a “devastating admission.”
With “law and order” a big theme throughout this week’s Republican party convention, Conway wasn’t the only voice from the right weighing in with some inflammatory language.
Fox News host Tucker Carlson, right-wing commentator Ann Coulter, and former San Francisco Giants player Aubrey Huff all defended Rittenhouse, with Coulter going so far as to say she wants him to be president. Huff called him “a national treasure.”