The Trump administration and the presidential campaign that came before it have never been models for ideal relationships. By all accounts, first lady Melania Trump despises her husband, Donald Trump, whose touch makes her recoil. Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump’s union appears to be built on a mutual love for nepotism, grift, and ignorance. Married campaign staffer Jason Miller knocked up fellow campaign staffer A.J. Delgado and allegedly failed to provide “even a $1” of financial support to the mother, according to Delgado. Vice President Mike Pence calls the woman with whom he’s presumably had sex at least three times “Mother.” Still, no one comes close to presidential counselor Kellyanne Conway and her husband, attorney George Conway, when it comes to nabbing the coveted “Most Fucked-Up Trump Admin Couple Award 2017-???”
George, of course, is one of Trump’s fiercest critics, which is particularly awkward given his wife’s gig as one of the president’s most vociferous defenders. He has called the administration “a shitshow in a dumpster fire,” suggested Kellyanne’s boss has obstructed justice and engaged in witness tampering, diagnosed the president with narcissistic personality disorder, and penned an 11,500-word article laying out why Trump’s “ingrained and extreme behavioral characteristics make it impossible for him to carry out the duties of the presidency.” For her part, Kellyanne has defended Trump on everything from child separation to overt racism, and tried to anonymously talk shit about her husband in the pages of the Washington Post. Because she’s a spin doctor who coined the phrase “alternative facts,” she’s also lashed out at the media for daring to mention George either to her face or in an article about her unique position, seemingly trying to claim there’s nothing at all newsworthy about the fact that she works for a man who her husband says on a near-daily basis is a mentally ill criminal.
Still, up until recently, husband and wife hadn’t taken direct shots at each other, preferring to do so in a vague, behind-the-scenes fashion. That changed today, when Kellyanne suggested that there was no way Trump tried to use Ukraine to smear Joe Biden, as her boss could easily defeat the former V.P. on his own:
Ooo, gauntlet thrown! Should George expect to come home and find the locks changed on the couple’s 15,000-square-foot house? Is there any conceivable way these two are even living together at this point? Is this all just some sick public foreplay they like to engage in at our expense? Perhaps with the newfound time on his hands, Robert Mueller can give these questions the single-minded focus they deserve.
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