Democratic leaders need to call for an end to the violence that is marring otherwise peaceful rallies around the country, White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said Monday.
Despite President Donald Trump’s runaway victory in November, Conway “people are still trying to make it go away,” and it needs to stop.
“I would love to hear the new DNC chairman, Tom Perez, Bernie Sanders, the Democratic [sic] senator from Vermont, who are going out on the road starting today, and I would love to hear Hillary Clinton, who lost to Donald Trump handily,” Conway told Fox News’ “Fox and Friends” during an interview from the south lawn of the White House before the annual Easter Egg Roll was to begin.
“I would love to hear them come forward as leaders of the Democratic Party and tell the people to stop,” Conway said. “They have a right to express their First Amendment beliefs but at the same time, violence is not going to get us anywhere.”
On Saturday, fighting broke out between supporters and opponents of the president at a park in Berkeley, California. According to reports, Trump backers and alt-right activists were holding a free speech rally at the park, when anti-Trump protesters went to the same spot.
Trump has promised to be the president for all Americans, said Conway, and “he’s making good on that.”
“Tax relief will help families, help businesses, repatriate all of this tax money that is a abroad that should be here,” said Conway.
Instead of still talking about the election, Conway said, Democratic leaders should “move forward and help us negotiate, help us get Democratic votes on tax reform and infrastructure.”
Trump on Sunday said in a tweet he wants to know how the protests were funded, and Conway said she supports him on that demand.
“We know that the political left is very organized and well-funded,” she said. “We saw that during healthcare reform and we’ll see it during tax reform. We certainly saw it during the election.”
Democrats spent “$2.2 billion, by some accounts” on the election, she continued.
“They had much more money but we had much more staff, the most brilliant that I’ve ever seen, and also a message,” said Conway. “So, we should examine what’s really going on here. Again, what is the point … this is a country that needs to be governed now.”
Conway also spoke about the ongoing situation in North Korea, saying that if President Kim Jong Un’s administration launches another missile, Trump will do what he “always does – consult his National Security Council, his cabinet. And he always makes the final decision.”
She also decried the media’s focus on White House chief strategist Steve Bannon and his future, saying that there is “so much going on in the world” that deserves more focus.