That brings me to the somewhat curious case of Kellyanne Conway, the high-ranking adviser to President Donald Trump. Conway has regularly been with Trump since the spring of 2016 when Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, for whom she had worked as a consultant, challenged Trump. She eventually became Trump's Campaign Manager for the final months of the campaign and has been at the forefront of the White House since day one.
Which is strange because so many people are no longer active in these executive administrative jobs. Reinke Priebus. John Kelly. Sean Spicer. Jim Mattis Rex Tillerson H.R. McMaster. Anthony Scaramucci. Hope Hicks. Rob Porter. Scott Pruitt Steve Bannon There are so many more. But you have the idea.
And yet Conway stays. Not only that, she is never mentioned as someone who has fallen out of favor with Trump, someone to whom he has lost faith, someone who clings to his job. She seems to be skating under the radar ̵
"Her agenda – that was her survival over everyone else, including the president – became increasingly transparent, once you found that out, everything about her seemed to be so calculated, any statement, even a seemingly harmless one, seemed to be polled by a focus group in her mind: she seemed to be constantly wrapped in an invisible fur coat and smiled an omniscient smile, as if she had collected 98 Dalmatians with only three men left .
"I'm not sure if the President ever understood that about Kellyanne. What he clearly shared with her, however, was the love of media attention. Unlike most people, Trump's biggest fear was not death or failure or loss. It was dark. When he was noticed, he played a role. And he did not care if the attention was good or bad, as long as it was not indifferent.
The other important thing that Sims & # 39; s excerpt has to express , is the obsessive focus on the media – and their opinions – by bo Conway and Trump Trump attacks the media at every turn He is also the most passionate consumer of his journalism – especially on cable television – of a president that ever existed. And although Trump will never admit it, he deeply cares what the media a) think about him and b) say about him. ("Trump sincerely considered most media representatives to be little appreciative – this was not just a show," writes Sims. "But he did not like to admit that he also demanded their approval.")
What Conway has come to terms with Trump over the years, that the media have considered her – and her value to Trump – as the coin of the Empire. Any white house advisor could tell Trump that Conway was a lunatic nightmare-as she's certainly portrayed-but it did not matter if Conway was viewed by the media as someone who was an effective representative of Trump. If the media believed it meant something, it was important to Trump. Period.
You do not shoot yourself. Or someone who reminds you of yourself.