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George Conway responds to Trump calling him a loser: 'Perfect example of the point I was making'

George Conway, the husband of White House counselor Kellyanne Conway and a top critic of President Trump, shot back at the president for calling him a "total loser."

"I thought it was a perfect example of the point I was making," George Conway told The Washington Post in an interview. "He can't concern himself with affairs of state. He's more concerned about what people say about him and waging little battles with everyone and everything."

The D.C.-based lawyer has frequently called into question the constitutionality of Trump's actions. However, the invectives have become increasingly personal, particularly hitting the president's mental health.

"*[A]ll* Americans should be thinking seriously *now* about Trump's mental condition and psychological state, including and especially the media, Congress-and the Vice President and Cabinet," Conway tweeted Monday. 

He also posted tweets detailing criteria for "narcissistic personality disorder" and "antisocial personality disorder."

He told the Post that he is frustrated with the president's character and that his tweets attacking Trump are in part a way to avoid conflicts with his wife.

"It's so maddening to watch," Conway told the newspaper. "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."

However, sources told the Post that the feud has appeared to make its way into the Conways' marriage, with Kellyanne Conway telling a group of people last month that her husband is jealous of her position. George Conway denied such feelings, saying instead he was proud of his wife that she was able to get Trump elected "despite his obvious flaws."

He also responded to a claim from Trump's campaign manager, Brad Parscale, that the feud was instigated after George Conway was not offered a job at the Department of Justice (DOJ). Trump responded to a tweet from Parscale with his own post calling Conway a "total loser."

Conway instead told the Post that he turned down a job leading the department's civil division after he saw the president attack the DOJ's leadership and fire former FBI Director James Comey. 

"I'm thinking to myself, this guy is going to be at war with the Justice Department for the next two years," Conway said. "I'm not doing this."

The lawyer told the Post that his relationship with the president was not always so acrimonious, and that Trump had at times requested his advice before entering the White House in 2017.

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