White House counselor Kellyanne Conway was asked during an interview at Newseum in Washington, DC, how she felt about being called the “darkness” killing democracy.
Donald Trump’s top adviser spoke with journalist Michael Wolff at an event on “The President and the Press,” answering the question about being called the “darkness” killing democracy.
“I’m not the darkness,” Conway responded. “Just because somebody says something doesn’t make it true.”
Michael Wolff tells Kellyanne Conway: "When they say democracy dies in darkness, you're the darkness." https://t.co/lScxpthUZt
— NBC Politics (@NBCPolitics) April 12, 2017
Conway was also asked to give a grade for Trump’s relationship with the media. As many of us know, Trump isn’t very fond of the media. He has called multiple media outlets “fake news.”
Conway responded by saying she would give it an “I” for “incomplete.”
“I think it’s way too early to render a specific judgment, let alone a grade, on the relationship between this president, this administration, and the press,” she said. “I think it’s very important in a healthy democracy to have a free and fair press. Part of that democracy, too, though, is to have a presidency — no matter who the occupant — that is shown respect and is shown an openness to really cover all the items that he has put forth.”
Conway went on to bash on the media after that, saying that what the media covers is not true.
“You can turn on the TV … and people literally say things that just aren’t true,” she said.
Conway said she didn’t think most journalists had made an adequate effort to understand why Americans elected Trump president and that they hadn’t started talking to those people either.
“Don’t keep getting it wrong by covering the president the way you covered him as a candidate,” Conway said. “What’s the noise versus what’s the news? … Remember, he’s taken dozens and dozens of executive actions, and there’s one that’s gotten coverage.”
You can watch the whole interview below.