On August 23, Kellyanne Conway, a longtime advisor to President Donald Trump, announced that she would be leaving the White House in order to focus on her family. Her husband George Conway simultaneously announced that he would be leaving the Lincoln Project, a Republican anti-Trump group dedicated to preventing his reelection, to do the same.
Sometimes, it’s necessary to take a step back in order to save a marriage or a relationship, and it appears like that’s what the Conways are doing in order to mend their family.
In an official statement, Kellyanne said, “I will be transitioning from the White House at the end of this month. George is also making changes. We disagree about plenty, but we are united on what matters most: the kids. Our four children are teens and ‘tweens starting a new academic year, in middle school and high school, remotely from home for at least a few months. As millions of parents nationwide know, kids ‘doing school from home’ requires a level of attention and vigilance that is as unusual as these times.
“This is completely my choice and my voice. In time, I will announce future plans. For now, and for my beloved children, it will be less drama, more mama.”
George Conway made the decision official on Twitter, stating, “So, I’m withdrawing from @ProjectLincoln to devote more time to family matters. And I’ll be taking a Twitter hiatus. Needless to say, I continue to support the Lincoln Project and its mission. Passionately.”
In the last couple of years, the couple have publicly disagreed about President Trump, with George saying recently on Twitter, “As a sociopath or psychopath, he lacks any human conscience, and, as a consequence, has done the nation great harm.”
As Kellyanne works directly with President Trump, it’s not difficult to see how these contentious political opinions could result in a divided household.
Recently, their teenage daughter Claudia started making waves, by both complaining about Trump and asking for legal help to get emancipated from her parents.
In a TikTok video, she said, “If anybody has lawyers or anything, email me. This is really getting out of control. I have to get out of the situation I’m in. It sucks that I’m being used as a publicity stunt. I can’t even cry anymore, I’m so numb. Don’t believe anything that you see. Especially, my parents saying they’re doing it for the family. They’re not, they’re not at all. I’m giving you the tea (teen slang for gossip). I’m giving you all the realist. They didn’t say anything about this. They literally just tweeted about it.”
Most disturbingly, she goes on to claim both of her parents are emotionally and physically abusive.
“My dad doesn’t care about me. He’s never cared about me. He probably doesn’t even know my middle name, which is really sad but it’s true. He never really cared about me, my whole life he’s always belittled me. When I was younger, my dad physically abused me, a lot.
Right here in this very room. And the same thing with my mom, she’s got me arrested, she’s very physically abusive. I’ve been belittled and badgered my entire life.”
The teenage years can be rocky, for both children and parents, but the harsh and aggressive glare of the media spotlight likely is not helping matters. Prayerfully, the Conway family can take this time to heal their fractured family relations.
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