America's Most Acrimonious Household?
Updated: Aug 9
What must it be like to live in the Conway home these days?
Marital strife? An emotional teenager? Three other children caught in the middle?
Many Americans grow up in tumultuous circumstances, and many families have their issues, to be sure. But can there be more of a powder keg under public scrutiny than this household?
First, you have the feuding parents: Donald Trump advisor Kellyanne Conway and tenacious anti-Trump attorney George Conway. How does Kellyanne go to work every morning for the president and then come home every night to a disapproving husband? How can she possibly separate her job and marital relationship?
Now, thanks to social-media platforms Tik Tok and Twitter, we have learned that 15-year-old Claudia doesn’t much approve of her mother’s work either.
One almost has to feel some pity for Kellyanne. Almost.
Her husband is trashing the president online daily, he has written scathing editorials about Trump in major newspapers, and he is one of the founders of the Lincoln Project, an organization of Republicans and former Republicans laser-focused on electing Joe Biden and putting his wife out of a job.
Now, her similarly anti-Trump teenage daughter is publicly trashing her, calling her, “Smelly Kelly,” for us all to see. Claudia, who has amassed quite the social-media following and garnered mainstream-media attention since she came out against her mother’s employer, has also thrown jabs at Trump-hating George.
In one video, she snarled at her dad, “I’m sorry your marriage failed.” According to media reports, George supported Claudia’s anti-Trump, anti-mom campaign at first before he did an about-face.
Being in a troubled marriage is difficult. Raising a teenage daughter is difficult. Being in a troubled marriage while raising a teenage daughter is super difficult. Being in a troubled marriage while raising a teenage daughter, while everyone is taking public shots at each other for the entire country to see, cannot be the recipe for a happy home.
And we don’t even know what’s going on with the other three children.
It would be very easy to feel sorry for Kellyanne Conway, but we cannot give in to those sentiments. There should be no sympathy given to this person. This is a woman who constantly spews lies on national television in defense of Trump’s abhorrent administration. If it wasn’t for her work during the 2016 campaign, he probably wouldn’t have won.
Migrants who have inhumanely had their children snatched from them and thrown in cages at the border could not care less that Kellyanne Conway’s daughter is being mean to her. They just want their kids back so that one day they will have the opportunity to be on the receiving end of an angry, emotional teen.
All the demonstrators in Portland, Ore., who are being assaulted by rogue Department of Homeland Security agents, don’t care that Kellyanne’s husband is attacking her boss with the tenacity of a bulldog. The courageous mothers standing up for our First Amendment rights would like to go home to their husbands without being gassed or bombarded by rubber bullets.
And what about all the Americans who will never again get to see their mothers and grandmothers because of Trump’s gross negligence in handling the COVID-19 pandemic? More than 145,000 Americans are already dead, and a lot more of us will be by the time this is over.
Considering all the pain and suffering Americans -- and those wishing to become Americans -- have had to endure as a result of Kellyanne Conway’s actions, it is poetic justice that she goes home every night to her own little slice of hell. Her family seems to have about as much disdain for her as the rest of us.
And rightfully so.