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Assault on America, Day 78: If husband and wife can’t agree on Trump, how will America survive?

Kellyanne Conway
Why is Donald Trump so polarizing?

Twenty-six months into the most unlikely presidency of recent times -- if not all of American history -- it’s worth pondering why half the American public still has such a hard time warming up to Trump (not necessarily his policies, but the man himself). It’s just as worthwhile to wonder why the other (roughly) half appears more drawn and supportive of the White House’s current occupant with each passing week.

Polls shed little light on the conundrum, mainly because they barely move up or down in the normal (if there is such a thing) course of American political business. Despite the establishment media’s frequent predictions of Trumpian doom he’s shown a remarkable resiliency with the Republican base, enjoying a consistent 90 percent backing from party faithful.

With all of this going for him -- or against him, depending on point-of-view -- perhaps it’s not surprising Trump’s managed to even publicly divide families. One of the president’s loudest critics happens to be the husband of close White House adviser Kellyanne Conway, the longtime conservative consultant and pundit who’s given much credit for guiding the hard-to-control Trump campaign to victory in 2016.

George Conway’s seen fit to regularly appraise his wife’s boss via social media and, true to form, Trump doesn’t hold back from returning the fire. Brett Samuels reported at The Hill, “President Trump on Tuesday criticized George Conway as a ‘total loser’ one day after the husband of White House counselor Kellyanne Conway won plenty of media attention by questioning the president's mental fitness...

“Conway replied shortly after the president's tweet, mocking Trump for ensuring that ‘millions more people are going to learn about narcissistic personality disorder.’

“Conway has garnered a large following on Twitter for his constant critiques of the president. He suggested Monday that the president has at least two diagnosable personality disorders, sharing an image of the cover of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders and the pages for narcissistic personality disorder and antisocial personality disorder on Twitter.”

George Conway is a prominent attorney who cut his educational teeth at Harvard and then graduated from Yale Law School -- so he may be a “loser” but he’s a well-pedigreed one, no doubt schooled into the unrelenting ways of the elitist establishment ruling class and the DC swamp. What he’s not, apparently, is a medical doctor qualified to assess and diagnose complex psychiatric personality disorders… so take Conway’s gripes with a grain of skepticism. Perhaps a little salt would make the bowl of crapola George’s distributing taste a little better.

And if it turns out Trump does have a clinical case of personality disorders, maybe Americans are truly better off with narcissist and antisocial presidents. If that’s what it takes to withstand the kind of round-the-clock mudslinging all presidents endure then being a little kooky isn’t such a bad thing. Think about it -- a “normal” guy or gal would be out the door the instant he or she was accused of doing half the things Trump’s been cited for. Yet he stays. Some would call it “thick skin.” Others speculate it’s massive ego functioning as a protective shield. Whatever… it works.

Of course Trump isn’t the first public figure considered lacking in the requisite mental capacities for heavy responsibility. The truth is, a good many of our country’s greatest achievers were believed to have serious behavioral flaws. For example, Abraham Lincoln, upon hearing the rumors that western theater fighting General Ulysses S. Grant was a heavy drinker, famously quipped, “I wish some of you would tell me the brand of whiskey that Grant drinks. I would like to send a barrel of it to my other generals.”

Everyone knows Lincoln was deeply unpopular during his time -- as was Grant -- which offers historical confirmation that being the head guy atop a controversy heap draws disapproval and rhetorical waste-products, sometimes even from would-be friends and hypothetical allies. It’s like perching at the top of a tall tree with a flock of incontinent birds flying overhead searching for the best place to relieve themselves.

Kellyanne Conway insists her hubby’s frequent anti-Trump barbs haven’t negatively affected her job performance, but the public nature of the spat certainly can’t lend itself to a very pleasant home environment for the couple and their children. It’s bad enough for ordinary folks when a spouse doesn’t like a boss or coworkers -- but at least the denigration is confined within the private home’s walls. But what about if the guy who’s signing your proverbial paychecks is the leader of the free world?

George: “Hi honey, how was your day?”
Kellyanne (newly returned home after another fourteen-hour workday fending off media vultures and various other administration detractors): “Great. Nancy Pelosi and creepy Chucky Schumer called Mr. Trump a criminal again.”
George: “Well, he does have several diagnosable personality disorders. Here, take a look at this book, I just tweeted it out to all my media friends and said Trump is narcissistic and anti-social.”
Kellyanne: “Good night, George.”

George’s unprovoked odd outbursts almost make you wonder whether he’s the one with the serious personality disorders. Why would he need to lash out against his wife’s boss? Is he a liberal, or just jealous of Kellyanne’s prominent role in American policy? Is this just another example of a peculiar “mixed” political marriage like that between former Clinton guru James Carville and Republican consultant Mary Matalin?

Check your ideology at the door when you’re together, it seems. But if a husband and wife can’t even talk about the day’s happenings, what else is there to discuss…wallpaper samples and paint colors?

No matter. George is entitled to his opinion and ultimately the matter’s just between the two of them. This doesn’t mean it’s right for the husband to go public with his personal beefs though. Roger L. Simon wrote at PJ Media, “[W]hat Conway fails to acknowledge is that it is as much a political classification system as it is a psychological and clinical one. It's ever changing with the temper of the times. Narcissistic personality disorders have been ever with us (see every significant leader, good and bad, from Churchill to Caligula), but the clinical definition of such things as homosexuality has changed. The idea of gender dysphoria is now in flux...

“The more important question is: why in the Sam Hill is Kellyanne still married to this jerk? What kind of relationship is that? At first glance, George Conway would seem to be seriously misogynistic, unable to deal with a wife far more famous than he. If so, he needs to grow up and shut up. He could at least wait until Trump was out of office and Kellyanne was back at her day job.”

Even within the confines of the Conways’ private marriage it’s fair game to speculate who’s at fault in this episode since George made it everyone’s business. In this day and age of non-stop #MeToo accusations and women all too often feeling undervalued and even preyed upon at work, Kellyanne Conway is a vibrant, shining example of an independent, brilliant, self-accomplished woman who’s achieved fame through hard work and hardnosed media savvy.

Kellyanne’s at the top of her field and has the ear of someone who can change the world at the drop of a hint. Shouldn’t it be enough to motivate George to keep his mouth (Twitter fingers?) closed? Isn’t this just a glaring instance of bad public manners, the very same thing the husband accused the boss of displaying?

Like today’s opinion polls, the idiosyncratic and contradictory marriage of Kellyanne and George Conway fails to reveal why the Trump presidency remains so polarizing for Americans. Time passes and opinions change, yet the country seems strangely set on their impressions of Donald Trump.

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