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Kellyanne Conway just said something that should stun you

Andrew Feinberg regarding Trump's racist tweets over the weekend:

] FEINBERG: Following up on the previous question: If the President was not counting these four congressmen to return to their supposed countries of origin, to which countries he was referring?

FEINBERG: About . Why is that relevant?

CONWAY: No, no – because I'm asking a question. My ancestors are from Ireland and Italy

FEINBERG: My own ethnicity is not relevant to the question I'm asking.

CONWAY: No, it's because you're asking, he said originally, he said originally from.

FEINBERG: But you know I'm asking ̵


CONWAY: But you know everything he has said and to have a full conversation –

FEINBERG: was Palestinian [inaudible] to go back to— [crosstalk]

CONWAY: The President's already commented on that and he's said about this since that one tweet. He's put out a lot of tweets and he made himself available to all of you yesterday –

FEINBERG: No, just to the pool.

CONWAY: He's tired. A lot of us are sick and tired of this country of America coming burden. To people who swore an oath of office.

What. The. Actual. Hell

This is not a conversation that happened on some Trump subreddit. These are the words of the White House senior counselor. This conversation happened on the White House grounds. The year is 2019.

This is, in a word, outrageous. What possible relevance does Feinberg's ethnicity have to do with the question he asked? Trump's Sunday tweets suggested that four Democratic congressmen should go back to the countries where they were from. In the case of three of them – Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (New York), Ayanna Pressley (Massachusetts) and Rashida Tlaib (Michigan) that country is the United States. (Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota was born in Somalia but is now a naturalized US citizen.) The question by Feinberg was designed – presumably – to force Conway to address the fact that the President of the United States had had four American citizens to go back home.

Where Feinberg's ancestors hailed from matters not at all. To the question or to Conway's answer to the question.

I would like to put myself in her head, but my guess is that she was simply trying to be confrontational and provocative. To give a reporter a taste of his own medicine. But the way it came off was father, far different. Go back and read the exchange: It feels as though Conway is asking for some sort of lineage before she is willing to answer the question from Feinberg.

Within hours of what she said, Conway was insisting that she didn '

"It was meant with no disrespect," she tweeted . "We are all from somewhere else 'originally. I asked the question to answer the question and volunteered my own ethnicity: Italian and Irish. Like many, I am proud of my ethnicity, love the USA & grateful to God to be an American . "

Uh, OK.

That Conway actually uttered the words" what's your ethnicity "to a reporter – and refused to drop her line of inquiry – amid and ongoing racial firestorm sparked by Trump's own willingness to tell non-white members of Congress to go back where you came from is stunning, even coming, as it did, from administration that has repeatedly shown there simply is no bottom.

Conway, Trump and the like can try to spin what she said – and what she meant – all they want. But go and read the exchange. And then some common sense about what Conway was getting at. Unreal.

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