Presenter Sean Hannity suggested the reaction to her appearance on NBC TODAY would have been different if she had been “a liberal”.
NBC host Matt Lauer slammed Ms Conway over the resignation of national security advisor Michael Flynn suggesting her account was inconsistent and “made no sense”.
“You’re saying that was the straw that broke the camel’s back,” said Lauer referring to General Flynn misleading Vice President Mike Pence over phone calls he made in December to a Russian ambassador as Barack Obama imposed sanctions on Russia.
“But the White House knew about that last month, when the Justice Department warned the White House that Flynn had not been completely honest.”
Sean Hannity defended Kellyanne Conway and slammed media reaction to her
If somebody was a liberal and a woman and treated in certain circumstances the way you’ve been treated, I think it would be news
Ms Conway said it was “one characterisation” before saying General Flynn continued in his post until his resignation was accepted.
But the host did not hold back and blasted: “Kellyanne, that makes no sense!
“Last month the Justice Department warned the White House that General Flynn misled them! And that as a result he was vulnerable to blackmail and at that moment he still had the complete trust of the President?”
Following the fiery debate, Fox News host Hannity suggested Ms Conway’s treatment should be “news”.
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“We’ve been friends for over two decades, I’ve seen you on media appearances and [this is] just my own thoughts– that if somebody was a liberal and a woman and treated in certain circumstances the way you’ve been treated, I think it would be news,” he said.
“Do you feel in any way that the media has been extremely hostile to you?”
Ms Conway, who managed President Trump’s election campaign, said she did not like to “think that way” and said taking criticism was part of her job.
She said: “I’m counsel to the president, I get tough questions, any of us who represent him do, he certainly does. Tough is fine but they should be fair.
“If we don’t answer the questions the way they want it answered, they ask it again, accuse us of not being credible or not answering a question.
“I’m not a big fan of talking about sexism and exclusion and all of that. I’m here to do a job.
“I just want the American people to see all the action this president taking on their behalf.”
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