White House counselor Kellyanne Conway’s husband, George Conway, has reportedly been talking trash about his own wife behind her back.
According to anonymous sources reportedly close to him, he’s been accusing his own wife of being a member of a cult and suggesting that their marriage will only survive if she abandons her glass-ceiling-shattering career and bows to his demands.
— Peter Feaman (@PeterFeaman) November 10, 2016
“According to three sources close to George, his relationship with Kellyanne has, not surprisingly, become increasingly distant as impeachment has gained steam,” Vanity Fair magazine reported Thursday.
“He tells people she’s in a cult,” one source, identified only as a “Republican who has spoken frequently with George,” said.
“It’s not going to get better until she’s cast out of the cult,” another unnamed individual close to Conway’s Trump-hating husband added.
“Sources say George loves Kellyanne and wants the marriage to survive,” Vanity Fair’s report continued. “He’s told people that if Kellyanne leaves the White House, they can make it work, a friend of George’s told me.”
“He’s going through a tough time,” the friend said.
It’s unclear whether George is aware of or even cares about how his own wife feels about his unwanted influence on her career.
During an appearance earlier in the week on CNN, Conway excoriated network host Wolf Blitzer for questioning her about her husband’s latest bout of public anti-Trump rage.
“It’s the same stuff all the time,” she said. “What you just quoted is said every day by other voices, but you wanted to put it in my husband’s voice because you think somehow that that will help your ratings or that you’re really sticking it to Kellyanne Conway.”
Her point appeared to be that her husband’s public rants about the president ought to bear no relevance to her, given as he boasts no ties to the White House and is arguably notoriously influential right now only because of his status as her husband — and not because of merit.
“George gets all his power from you,” the president recently said to Conway, according to Vanity Fair’s sources.
Yet it seems like George has forced himself into the spotlight specifically because of the inexplicable, possibly jealousy-related loathing he feels for President Donald Trump.
“I feel there’s a part of him that thinks I chose Donald Trump over him, which is ridiculous. One is my work and one is my marriage,” Conway admitted in an interview with The Washington Post last year.
According to reports, her husband’s rage has also seeped into their private discussions.
“Sources say George currently spends much of the time working out of Manhattan. When he sees Kellyanne in Washington, they rarely talk about Trump, except for some ‘passive-aggressive digs,’ a person familiar with the conversations told me,” Vanity Fair noted.
While it’s unclear who’s responsible for these “passive-aggressive digs,” the evidence strongly suggests it’s George, who has a sordid history of habitually disrespecting his wife in ways that, while designed to be inconspicuous, are as clear to others as sunlight.
It’s a disrespect so glaring that it’s even garnered criticism from the media.
“[A]s a husband, my God, he is a disgrace,” anti-Trump entertainment columnist Vinay Menon of the Toronto Star opined in a column late last year. “Is there not a way for him to tangle with Trump that does not involve making a fool out of his wife each week? I’m no fan of Kellyanne Conway. She’s an enabler of treachery. But does she not deserve a bit more respect from the man she married?”
Some critics have even suggested that George is an abusive husband. And as evidence, they’ve pointed to the clinical definition of passive-aggressive behavior.
George Conway is a raving loon, he’s mentally abusive to his wife in an extreme and often public way. So he needs to zip it and go away!!
— Courtney Downs (@Court9905) November 14, 2019
He is the classic abusive man. I wish Kellyanne would divorce him.
— Mary Wysong (@Powerpopfan2) November 3, 2019
I feel really sorry for Kellyanne & your kids; I hope 1 day she realizes there are a multitude of resources to get out of an abusive relationship & she uses them. Disrespecting your wife publicly day after day; daddy of the year material right there. What a fine example of a POS.
— Lyn Smith (@liberalismental) August 24, 2019
Is trolling his wife’s boss the only job Mr Kellyanne Conway can get? Trump’s right, he’s a loser. No wonder Kellyanne works long hours. Who would want to go home to such an abusive spouse!
— RedMindRising (@RedMindRising) July 16, 2019
“Passive-aggressive actions can range from the relatively mild, such as making excuses for not following through, to the very serious, such as sabotaging someone’s well-being and success,” a profile of passive-aggressive behavior published by Psychology Today reads.
“Most chronically passive-aggressive individuals have four common characteristics: They’re unreasonable to deal with, they’re uncomfortable to experience, they rarely express their hostility directly, and they repeat their subterfuge behavior over time.”
Moreover, George has admitted that one of the reasons he talks so much trash about Trump, particularly on social media, is to avoid being verbally abusive to his wife.
“The mendacity, the incompetence, it’s just maddening to watch. The tweeting is just the way to get it out of the way, so I can get it off my chest and move on with my life that day. That’s basically it. Frankly, it’s so I don’t end up screaming at her about it,” he admitted to the Post earlier this year.
Writing for the New Right Network, female political commentator Mary Freeman opined at the time that this behavior shouldn’t be tolerated from anyone.
“George Conway is deliberately creating a stressful, negative, disconcerting environment for his wife,” she wrote. “In saying it keeps him from screaming at her, he is saying he traded one abuse for the other. This would include such comments as, ‘I wish she weren’t at the White House.'”
“If anything could shine a light on Conway’s jealousy, that statement certainly should. It’s like saying ‘If I can’t have him/her/it, no one can!’ This is unacceptable behavior, and no one should ever have to go through it.”
Including White House counselor Kellyanne Conway.
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