‘Name and shame them’: Kellyanne Conway criticizes Democratic candidates’ response to shootings

Kellyanne Conway criticized several Democratic presidential candidates by name during a television interview Tuesday morning in another potential violation of a federal law known as the Hatch Act.

Appearing on Fox News in her official capacity as counselor to the president, Conway vented over the media’s “scant coverage” of what she described as the left-wing ideology of the shooter in the Dayton, Ohio, rampage over the weekend.

“People are allowing nonstop punditry by at least two of the presidential candidates — Democratic presidential hopefuls, who are mired at zero percent, or the low single digits — nonstop,” Conway said.

When asked whether she was referring to Rep. Tim Ryan (Ohio) and former congressman Beto O’Rourke (Tex.), who have been among the most vocal critics of President Trump since two mass shootings in their states over the weekend, she affirmed that she was. Conway noted that it was the Fox host, not her, who first mentioned their names but that she wanted to “name and shame them.”

Beto O’Rourke, from the Vanity Fair magazine cover to the Vanity Project candidacy, out there screaming and cursing about President Trump. That doesn’t heal a single soul,” Conway said. “That doesn’t help prevent another mass shooting. They’re raising their profile. And Elizabeth Warren yesterday was raising money for Senate candidates Doug Jones and Tina Smith. She’s raising money in an email appeal talking about the mass shooting.”

Conway is a frequent surrogate for the White House and in that role often lashes out at Democrats and other Trump critics.

The U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC) has found repeated instances of Conway violating the Hatch Act by speaking critically of Democratic presidential candidates on television and on social media. The independent federal agency sent a report to Trump in June recommending that she be removed from her White House job.

Neither the agency nor Conway responded to a request for comment about the latest remarks.

The Hatch Act prohibits federal employees from using their official position or title to engage in political activity that could influence an election. The OSC determined that by disparaging Democratic candidates while appearing on television in her role as White House counselor, Conway had broken the law and continued to do so even after being warned.

Conway has dismissed such accusations. When a House committee subpoenaed her over the violations, she refused to comply and accused Democrats of trying to silence her and harass people close to the president.

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