Surprise twist?

Everyone was shocked by the outcome of the 2016 Presidential Election. Perhaps everyone except Donald Trump’s campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, that is. Conway tweeted on Friday, December 2, 2016, that the media’s conviction that Trump could not win the election was “fake news.”

Conway vs. Clinton

Shortly after that tweet, Kellyanne Conway made news headlines again when she met with Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager, Robby Mook, and other members of Clinton's team at Harvard University to discuss the election. As one might expect, the meeting was nearly as tense as the election itself.

The New York Times spoke about one of the exchanges between Conway and Clinton pollster Joel Benneson. Benneson referenced the fact that Mrs. Clinton got 2.5 million more popular votes than Mr. Trump, saying the Trump camp did not have a mandate. In democracies, a mandate is what gives the President the right to rule via the public’s consent.

Conway asked why Trump would not have a mandate given that he won the election. Additionally, some pointed out that Clinton has already conceded, so she cannot become President no matter what. Some Clinton voters are hoping the Electoral College will overturn Trump’s presidency on Dec. 19, when they meet to confirm the new President-Elect.

Consent of the governed

Despite the fact that Anti-Trump protesters held signs and demonstrated outside the Harvard University forum, Conway has made it clear she isn’t backing down. She retweeted a message from AP Politics on December 1, 2016, stating: “He’s Your President. How About That?”

Clinton’s Communication Director Jennifer Palmieri called out the Trump campaign, saying she’d rather lose than win the way Trump did, as AP Politics found.

Conway seemed personally offended by these remarks, answering “Do you think I ran a campaign where white supremacists had a platform?”

Bannon’s battles

Some have pointed to the appointment of Stephen Bannon, head of alt-right news outlet Breitbart, as evidence that Trump is cozy with accused white supremacists.

However, Wikipedia mentions that Conway had originally been critical of Trump and called him an extremist. It’s clear from this that the Trump/Pence campaign was not necessarily Conway’s original vision, and perhaps just got blown out of proportion. Conway had previously worked as a campaign manager for Mitt Romney before accepting the job with the Trump camp.

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