One of the odder occurrences during former President Donald Trump’s tenure in office was his semi-regular sniping and sparring back-and-forth online with Republican lawyer George Conway, who is married to Kellyanne Conway, who served as Trump’s campaign manager in 2016 and as his senior counselor until 2020.
The bitterly personal attacks between Trump and Conway appear to have once again resumed following an apparent lull after Trump left office, as the former president just suggested that his nemesis was “mentally ill” and had been “totally destroyed” by his wife, the Washington Examiner reported.
“Is George Conway ok?”
The latest broadside from Trump against Conway stemmed from a tweet on Tuesday from journalist Caleb Hull who posted a less than flattering screenshot of Conway and asked, “Is George Conway ok …?”
Is George Conway ok…? pic.twitter.com/5iCTOJkLd4
— Caleb Hull (@CalebJHull) April 27, 2022
That screenshot had come from an appearance by the anti-Trump attorney earlier in the day on CNN to discuss the Jan. 6 Capitol riot in 2021 and text messages between various GOP and White House officials related to that day’s events.
As Hull had observed in his tweet, Conway did not look particularly well during that interview, and it would seem that that was all the opening Trump needed to launch his attack.
Trump takes a shot, Conway returns fire
In a statement released Thursday by Trump’s Save America PAC, which included a picture of Hull’s tweeted question, Trump said as a sort of reply, “No, he’s mentally ill, a very sick man. I don’t know what Kellyanne did to him, but it must have been really bad. She has totally destroyed this guy — his mind is completely shot!”
That statement was, in turn, shared on Twitter by Trump spokeswoman Liz Harrington, where it eventually earned a counterattack from Conway himself.
Conway referred to a pending lawsuit against Trump by columnist E. Jean Carroll, who accused the former president of raping her decades ago, and wrote in reply to Harrington, “Hey, when’s your guy gonna produce his DNA in Jean Carroll’s lawsuit?”
History of attacks centered on mental health questions
These shots back-and-forth between Trump and Conway may seem to some to have come from nowhere, but as the Examiner pointed out, there was quite a history of previous attacks between those two men in years past, with questions about mental health often being a focal point.
Conway had routinely accused Trump of being either stupid or mentally ill and even went so far at one point in 2019 of asserting that the then-president suffered from a narcissistic personality disorder as well as an antisocial personality disorder, among other possible mental issues.
The outlet further noted that this latest exchange could lead to some awkward moments for Kellyanne Conway as she is scheduled to appear alongside her former boss Trump at a Friday night rally in Nebraska.