Two months after citing “alternative facts” to defend the stated attendance of President Trump’s inauguration, White House adviser Kellyanne Conway is still working to rebuild her image as a credible source of information.
Lately, Conway has spent much of her time making the rounds on Fox News and conservative radio in an attempt to promote the Republican’s new health care plan, which has been a divisive subject among conservatives. But many television news shows are still reluctant to book her due to her tendency to spread falsehoods and inaccurate information.
"Every time I've ever seen her on television, something's askew, off, or incorrect," Morning Joe co-host Mika Brzezinski said last month, citing it as a reason she wouldn’t book Conway on the show.
Despite the blowback, Conway is following her boss’s lead in refusing to back down from her critics, especially when it comes to the phrase she inadvertently made viral.
In a new interview with New York Magazine’s Olivia Nuzzi, the South Jersey native defended the use of "alternative facts" and noted the phase has a broader meaning: “additional facts and alternative information.”
“Two plus two is four. Three plus one is four. Partly cloudy, partly sunny. Glass half full, glass half empty. Those are alternative facts,” Conway said.
Conway also shrugged off critics of her “Bowling Green massacre” gaffe, telling Nuzzi the reference to a non-existent terrorist attack on a city in Kentucky, which she made at least three times, was simply a slip of the tongue. She told Nuzzi she simply meant to say “Bowling Green masterminds.”
“Anybody who pretends I’m not smart or not credible, it’s like, ‘Excuse me, I’ve spoken 1.2 million words on TV, okay?,’ ” Conway told Nuzzi. “You wanna focus on two here and two there, it’s on you, you’re a f****** miserable person, P.S., just whoever you are.”
Nuzzi also got the president’s notoriously secretive chief strategist and former Breitbart editor Steve Bannon on the record about Conway. Bannon said Conway was purposely kept out of the loop leading up to the ouster of General Michael Flynn, who resigned after misleading Vice President Pence about his contacts with Russia.
As a result, Bannon said he was “a little surprised” when he saw Conway defending Flynn on television hours before his resignation. “It was obviously embarrassing to her,” he told Nuzzi.
Wow— here's the video of Conway saying Flynn has 'full confidence' of Trump. pic.twitter.com/gU4NsXgmKR
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) February 13, 2017
The cover of the magazine, which hits newsstands this week, features a close-up of Conway’s face with the headline, “The True First Lady of Trump’s America,” which Nuzzi said one former Trump adviser told her will be “tough” for Conway to explain to the president on Monday.
— New York Magazine (@NYMag) March 18, 2017