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Kellyanne Conway: ‘I totally disagree’ with husband’s op-ed calling Trump racist

White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said Tuesday she disagrees with her husband, George Conway, after he penned an op-ed decrying President Trump as a racist.

“No, I totally disagree,” Kellyanne Conway said on Fox News. “But I work with this president. I know him. I know his heart. I know his actions. I know how much he has helped people of color. And I go by what people do, not what other people say about them.”

“And also, respectfully, I’m not going to run around pointing out everybody’s disagreements with the people in their lives,” she continued. “I sure could. I can point out people’s disagreements with their former spouses, their current spouses and partners, their future spouses and partners. But I won’t do that. And I would caution people … not to do that.”{mosads}

George Conway, a conservative lawyer and fierce critic of his wife’s boss, wrote in The Washington Post on Monday that Trump’s weekend tweets telling congresswomen to “go back” to other countries left no doubt that the president is racist.

“Sunday left no doubt. Naiveté, resentment and outright racism, roiled in a toxic mix, have given us a racist president,” he wrote.

The president sparked an uproar on Sunday morning when he tweeted that progressive congresswomen “who originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe” should “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.”

Trump spent Monday doubling down on his attacks, insisting that those who are inclined to criticize the U.S. should leave. The comments targeted Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) and Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.).

Kellyanne Conway delivered a forceful defense of the president to reporters on the White House driveway on Tuesday, turning around questions about whether his recent tweets and comments were racist to attack his critics and the press.

“I have never ever heard that man say anything untoward based on race in my experience,” she said.

Conway referenced familiar talking points, noting the strong economy under Trump for minority groups and the president’s passage of criminal justice reform.

When reporters repeatedly pressed her on whether the president’s use of the trope telling people of color to “go back” to another country was racist, Conway criticized the press.

She questioned why reporters were not more critically questioning Omar, Ocasio-Cortez and other progressive lawmakers.

When one reporter asked which countries Trump was saying lawmakers should go back to, Conway responded by asking the journalist what his ethnicity was.

Jordan Fabian contributed.

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