In a back and forth with Chris Cuomo from CNN’s “New Day” this morning, incoming adviser to Donald Trump, Kellyanne Conway, argued that the media should judge Donald Trump by what’s in his heart rather than what comes out of his mouth. The discussion focused in particular on Trump’s denial that he mocked New York Times reporter Serge Kovaleski for his disability.
Conway argues that the American people and media should “listen to what the president-elect has said about that. Why don’t you believe him? Why is everything taken at face value? You can’t give him the benefit of the doubt on this and he’s telling you what was in his heart? You always want to go by what’s come out of his mouth rather than look at what’s in his heart.”
Here’s the bottom line: We teach children in this country that what you say is important and that when you say or do something disrespectful or hurtful you apologize. Donald Trump, and Kellyanne Conway for that matter, have such a strong aversion to apologizing that they would rather ask for judgment on their intentions rather than their actions.
Do they extend the same courtesy to others? If they do, then they might get the benefit of the doubt. If not, then they should be held accountable for their hypocrisy.
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