NPR host asks Kellyanne Conway if there is 'hypocrisy' in Trump inviting bullied child to State of the Union

NPR host Rachel Martin on Tuesday asked White House counselor Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Elizabeth ConwayTrump embarks on Twitter spree amid impeachment inquiry, Syria outrage The Hill's Campaign Report: Biden camp faces new challenges Trump offers condolences on frequent foe Cummings: 'Very hard, if not impossible, to replace' MORE if it was hypocritical for President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump says he doesn't want NYT in the White House Veterans group backs lawsuits to halt Trump's use of military funding for border wall Schiff punches back after GOP censure resolution fails MORE to invite an 11-year-old who has been bulled to the State of the Union, saying Trump has his own history of "cyberbullying people with whom he disagrees."

"Is the president going to mention Joshua in his address?" Martin asked Conway on NPR's "Morning Edition," in reference to Joshua Trump, a sixth-grade student whose parents say has faced bullying because of his last name. "And in doing so, will he apologize for his own role in cyberbullying people with whom he disagrees?"

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Conway responded by saying that Joshua Trump's story pulled at the "heartstrings" of any parent who has school-age children. Martin then repeated the question.

"Will the president apologize for how he’s used the internet to bully people?" Martin said. 

Conway appeared to dismiss the question, saying President Trump uses his "considerable media platforms to cut through the middlemen who don’t tell the truth about his record."

She described the president as a "counterpuncher," noting that he's been unafraid to call out people, pointing to Trump calling for Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) to resign over a racist photo from his 1984 medical school yearbook page. 

Martin continued to press Conway, saying the president also calls out people within his own administration as well as members of Congress.

"He’s also called out his own intelligence chiefs, calling them naive, saying they should go back to school, calling [Rep. Maxine WatersMaxine Moore WatersHillicon Valley: Facebook removes Russian, Iranian accounts trying to interfere in 2020 | Zuckerberg on public relations blitz | Uncertainty over Huawei ban one month out Zuckerberg launches public defense of Facebook as attacks mount Hillicon Valley: FCC approves T-Mobile-Sprint merger | Dems wrangle over breaking up Big Tech at debate | Critics pounce as Facebook's Libra stumbles | Zuckerberg to be interviewed by Fox News | Twitter details rules for political figures' tweets MORE (D-Calif.)] low IQ Maxine Waters," Martin replied. "There is though some hypocrisy, people have pointed out, to inviting a young man who has been bullied [and] to ignore the president’s own role."

Conway said that parents with school-age children "really appreciate" both Trump and first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpMelania Trump breaks ground on new White House tennis pavilion Overnight Health Care — Presented by Coalition Against Surprise Medical Billing — Buttigieg unveils aggressive plan to lower drug prices | Supreme Court abortion case poses major test for Trump picks | Trump takes heat from right over vaping crackdown Kroger to stop sales of e-cigarettes at stores MORE addressing bullying by bringing Joshua Trump to the U.S. Capitol. She also mentioned Melania Trump's "Be Best" initiative that encourages children to be kind on social media.

The White House announced on Monday that President Trump would bring more than 10 people as special guests to Tuesday night's State of the Union address. A statement from the administration said Joshua Trump was "thankful to the First Lady and the Trump family for their support."