Friday, December 23, 2016

What Kellyanne Conway "effectively" communicates

The AP reports (via the Daily Star) that Hillary Clinton’s lead in the popular vote is now at 2,864,974. That’s what we would take away from the report. What Trump supporters hear: Trump won in a landslide.

In other news, also from the Star, Trump elevates Kellyanne Conway to position as “White House Counselor”.

WASHINGTON — President-elect Donald Trump has named close adviser Kellyanne Conway as his White House counselor, elevating the woman who led his campaign to victory to a senior West Wing position.

Trump — who also announced his senior White House communications staff, including naming former Republican National Committee spokesman Sean Spicer as press secretary — has a strong rapport with Conway and she was seen as a positive influence on his often chaotic campaign. Conway, who took over as campaign manager in the summer, has been one of Trump’s most visible advisers, making frequent television appearances on his behalf.

“She is a tireless and tenacious advocate of my agenda and has amazing insights on how to effectively communicate our message,” Trump said in a statement Thursday announcing the position.

Among those things that Conway effectively communicates is that Trump won in a “landslide” - a claim debunked by Nate Silver, Nate Silver Destroys Kellyanne Conway’s Ridiculous Claim That Trump Won In A “Landslide” and that Trump’s win was a “blowout”. “Not only was Trump’s victory not a ”blowout,“ but it was actually pretty unimpressive.”

After spending an entire election cycle spewing ridiculous nonsense, it’s no surprise that Kellyanne Conway and the Trump campaign climbed back aboard the crazy train on Monday [Nov. 28] to say that Donald Trump’s Electoral College victory on Nov. 8 was a “landslide.”

That’s more Republican math: 304 (electoral votes) > 2,864,974 (popular votes).

Among Conway’s other “effective” communications were her twists and dodges last night on the Rachel Maddow show. As I recall, when Rachel asked Conway about Trump’s tweet about expanding the US nuclear capability, Conway said she didn’t know what that meant. She might be forgiven because no one else knows either. Judge for yourself. Here’s the Dec. 22nd tweet.

The United States must greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability until such time as the world comes to its senses regarding nukes

The Guardian responds to the tweet in Trump’s latest tweet about nuclear weapons is both daft and dangerous.

I think Richie Havens would have agreed. Here is his performance of Handsome Johnny at Woodstock. Part of the song goes like this.

Hey, what’s the use of singing this song
Some of you are not even listening
Tell me what it is we’ve got to do, wait for our fields to start glistening
Hey, wait for the bullets to start whistling

Hey, here comes a hydrogen bomb and here comes a guided missile
Here comes a hydrogen bomb, I can almost hear its whistle
I can almost hear its whistle

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