'Unaffiliated'

A glance inside Kellyanne Conway’s awkward marriage

White House counselor Kellyanne Conway. (REUTERS/Leah Millis)

“Nobody knows who I am because of my husband. People know of my husband because of me,” White House counselor Kellyanne Conway told The Washington Post for a fascinating profile of herself and husband George Conway.

Conway, of course, needs little introduction. She was Donald Trump’s campaign manager for the final leg of the 2016 presidential race, the first female campaign manager to lead a winning presidential campaign and has since gone on to say numerous controversial things about feminism and coin Orwellian-sounding terms like “alternative facts.” Depending on how much of a politics aficionado you are, however, her husband may require some introducing. He’s a successful lawyer, but as Kellyanne suggested in the above quote, his recent elevated prominence is due to the fact that he has been hammering away at her boss — Trump — on Twitter for months now.

All of this is a bit ironic because, as is revealed in the profile, it was George who, erm, set Kellyanne up with Trump. The couple once lived in one of Trump’s New York City apartment buildings and, thanks to a referral from George, Kellyanne ended up on the condo board. Yadayadayada, nearly 20 years later she’s working in the White House.

George T. Conway III, husband of White House counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway. George has emerged as one of President Trump’s fiercest critics on Twitter. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

These days, though, George, 54, is all but a card-carrying member of the resistance. He even left the Republican party and now says he’s “unaffiliated.” His tweeting is clearly making things awkward at home for the couple and their four children. And, though the two don’t seem to have any other noticeable marital problems, the anti-Trump tweets loom large. “It is disrespectful, it’s a violation of basic decency, certainly, if not marital vows,” Conway, 51, says during one awkward exchange with Washington Post reporter Ben Terris.

Terris spent time with the couple at their $7.7 million Washington home and followed them on vacation to the Jersey shore, where they share another home and witnessed a couple that is, perhaps, a metaphor for the country — or at least many American families who are polarized by the divider in chief. What comes through is that George is worried about the long-term effect being so loyal to Trump will have on Kellyanne’s career and reputation. But Kellyanne is not worried — in fact she even longs for the days when her independence was something her husband found charming. After all, once upon a time, not so long ago, George was a fierce Trump supporter. But less than six months into Trump’s presidency, that all changed dramatically.

Read the full story at The Washington Post.

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