Defying common sense and logic, Kellyanne Conway said it was 'kinda weird' for national security experts and former officials to mention Trump's name. Trump is currently president of the United States.
Senior White House aide Kellyanne Conway expressed her desire for national security experts to stop bringing up Trump's name and to leave him alone.
But presidents, especially ones failing at their job, cannot be ignored.
Speaking to reporters in front of the White House, Conway was asked to respond to the former military and intelligence officials who have slammed Trump for his petulant decision to strip security clearance from former CIA head John Brennan.
Specifically, she was asked about retired Adm. William McRaven, who wrote a Washington Post op-ed daring Trump to strip his status as he continues to speak out against Trump's presidency.
McRaven organized the raid under President Barack Obama that killed Osama bin Laden.
Conway said McRaven was "paid for his opinion" which is "virulently against this administration."
Then she added, "Why is everybody so obsessed with the president of the United States that they can't even begin or finish a sentence without mentioning his name five times? It's kinda weird. And it's affecting people on the news now who fancy themselves security experts."
Conway's outburst made it sound like security experts are simply invoking the name of a random person on the street when they bring up Trump.
Right now, however, Trump is the president of the United States as well as the commander in chief of America's armed forces.
Dealing with people mentioning Trump's name, particularly in the context of national security, is an integral part of his job.
McRaven, Brennan, and other former security officials and experts see Trump and his authoritarian impulses as detrimental to the honor and security of the country.
The criticism of Trump from former senior intelligence officials has even crossed party lines. In a statement , 13 of them signed on to say the decision to strip Brennan was an "attempt to stifle free speech," and called his move unprecedented in U.S. history.
If Trump and his underlings like Conway don't want to be called out for un-American behavior, they can just stop what they've been doing.
Otherwise, they'd be better off understanding that Trump is not above criticism, and will continue to attract it as long as he continues to fail at his job.
Published with permission of The American Independent Foundation.