White House counselor Kellyanne Conway praised President Donald Trump, who has been accused of sexual assault by more than a dozen women, for his “incredible moral standards” in his endorsement of accused child sex predator Roy Moore.
CNN host Chris Cuomo slammed the president’s endorsement of the disgraced Alabama Republican Senate candidate, who has been accused of sexually molesting a 14-year-old girl, sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl, and preying on many other teen girls to the point he was reportedly banned from the local mall.
“Let me ask you about this spin from the White House that the president needs someone that agrees with him and that he will endorse Roy Moore because that matters more than the accusations,” Cuomo said to Conway.
“Oh come on, that’s spin,” Conway replied. “You’re not here to give your opinion.”
Rather than respond to Cuomo’s question, Conway proceeded to tout Trump’s positive effect on Moore’s poll numbers.
“The president himself came out and said he doesn’t want a liberal in the Senate,” Conway said. “He doesn’t want liberal Democrat, he wants a reliable vote for taxes, for life.”
“You’d rather have an accused child molester than a Democrat?” Cuomo asked.
“The president said Roy Moore had denied those allegations, and the president said you have to take that into account too,” Conway answered.
“The president seems to have no moral standard at play, it’s all political pragmatism,” Cuomo later emphatically told Conway.
“I will not let you say that,” Conway replied. “The president has tremendous moral standards — he has said, the White House has said, that the allegations [against Moore] are troubling.”
“They’re troubling, but not troubling enough to do anything about them,” Cuomo shot back.
Kellyanne responded by attacking Cuomo for saying that Minnesota Democratic Sen. Al Franken had “poor judgment” when he groped a woman in a photo.
“Is that because he’s a reliable vote for higher taxes?” Conway asked. “Is that because he’s a reliable vote for border security?”
“Yeah, I love higher taxes,” Cuomo shot back as he rolled his eyes.
Kellyanne went on to praise Trump for giving “all those forgotten men and forgotten women” a tax cut for Christmas.
“All those rich people who are going to get that tax cut,” Cuomo interrupted. “That’s what leadership is. Sometimes you have to make hard choices instead of rewards the haves all the time.”
“The haves, give me a break,” Conway insisted. “This president is cutting taxes.”
“Not for the middle-class,” Cuomo shook his head. “Not the way he is for the upper-class.”
“That’s not true,” Conway insisted.
“That’s true in every objective scoring,” Cuomo countered.
“That’s a flat-out lie,” Conway said.
“It’s not even close to a lie,” Cuomo replied. “It doesn’t meet any of the criteria of a lie. It’s not meant to deceive, it’s based on facts, and it’s a straight telling of what independent analysis reveals.”