Kellyanne Conway (a.k.a. the new Paul Manafort) (a.k.a. the new, new Corey Lewandowski) appeared on The Rachel Maddow Show on Wednesday evening, presumably to speak about policy matters more eloquently than could, say, her gelatinous heap of a candidate, Donald Trump.
Most upsetting, on both a visceral and content level, was Conway’s attempt to clarify Trump’s ever-evolving Muslim ban, which she said isn’t actually evolving at all.
In December, Maddow said, Trump released a statement calling for “a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on.” Then, a week ago, he said he would “suspend immigration from regions that have a history of exporting terror.” This is confusing, because the terrorists who committed, say, the 9/11 attacks, came from Germany. Do the policies work together? Does one supplant the other? What the hell?
“Is Germany a country from which we will not allow immigration anymore?” Maddow asked.
“No, not wholesale,” Conway said before saying a string of buzzwords including ‘See something, say something.’ “In that particular instance, I’d have to go back and review what we knew about each of them at the time before I answer your question completely, but the general policy is what he says it is.”
“What he says is a ‘total and complete shutdown’ of Muslims entering the United States.”
“That was... before,” Conway responded.
“So you’re saying that’s no longer operable.”
“No, I’m saying you should see what he said last Monday, saying suspend them from regions of the country that are known exporters—”
“Like Germany, which makes no sense.”
“Well, [indistinguishable noise].”
Wow, another edifying political discussion on the books!