CNN’s Anderson Cooper loves that Melania Trump is highlighting the problem with bullying, but he suggests that perhaps Mrs. Trump should start with her husband.
In an interview with Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway, Cooper pointed out that many say Trump is part of the problem.
“Jake Tapper asked earlier of a surrogate, and I think it is the right question to ask, if it is not okay for kids to do this, why is it okay for adults? For Donald Trump?” Cooper asked.
Conway seemed to explain away Trump’s bullying by saying others do so with the intent to bully or his are about politics. “Well, it is really not OK for anyone to do it with malicious intent. But most of what’s an Twitter is not about politics or journalism. This is a whole big worldwide social media culture, landscape out there Anderson. And I think what Melania Trump was talking about today is a cultural fact,” she said.
Cooper persisted. “But your candidate is the guy on Twitter at 3:00 a.m. tweeting out this stuff.”
Conway avoided his question again talking about the bullying she experiences each day instead. “I get the f-word. every night from journalists, frankly. There is one who — very washed up one — frankly, can’t stop tweeting at me. Curse words. My children have to see that. We have to have really broad shoulders, I get it and I’m just one person. But the fact is — I appreciate the fact that as a First Lady Melania Trump has committed herself to trying something about the negativity that naturally tends to what he identified as the positive tool. Social media and communication can be a force for positivity.”
Conway tried to ramble on but Cooper refused to let her get away with it. “The question is does about this start at home? Isn’t the problem at her own dinner table this?”
“The fact that her husband is running for president and defends himself sometimes and tweets things out?” Conway asked.
“Talking about Carly Fiorina’s face, that was not an attack?” Cooper asked. “That was not a counterpunch. That was just mean.”
“And he went on and said she has a beautiful face,” Conway said when Trump was called out on the tweet at a GOP debate. “She’s a beautiful woman. And I’m proud Carly Fiorina is a member of the Republican party and a very important one. We’re always cherry picking when it comes to Donald Trump certain tweets. Go look at the entire Twitter feed. look at his message… it is full of a lot of things. But again, I think we’re doing a disservice to the platform of Melanie Trump.”
Check out the awkward exchange below: