Breakfast Media reporter, Andrew Feinberg joined Don Lemon Tuesday night to respond to the “bizarre” exchange with Kellyanne Conway during a White House press gathering earlier in the day. Following the president’s now infamous Twitter attack on four Democratic representatives -- Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts -- Feinberg asked Conway which countries Trump suggested the congresswomen should ‘go back’ to,' and the Counselor to the President responded by asking him, “What’s your ethnicity?”
While explaining the situation to Lemon, Feinberg said, “I have been a journalist in Washington for about 10 years and I have never had any government official speak to me that way, and, or ask such an inappropriate question.” Conway’s question was met with some serious heat across social media.
My entire life countless white woman have asked me:— Aisha Sultan (@AishaS) July 16, 2019
"What's your ethnicity?"
"Where are you really from?"
"Where is your family from?"
But never a government official when I'm asking a question as a reporter. #BeBest, Kellyanne Conway https://t.co/d7l0BpS02A
Later in the CNN interview, Feinberg told Lemon that he was still confused by Conway's question, saying, “I have no earthly clue what her question or the answer I could have given to that question, had to do with what the president said or to what country she was referring.“ While Conway avoided answering Feinberg’s original question, she did share that her ancestors were Irish and Italian. Later, Conway explained to Andrew on Twitter that she meant no disrespect, and she was just letting him know that we are all originally from somewhere else.
Feinberg didn’t seem to buy Conway’s explanation of Trump’s tweets, offering Lemon a different perspective, “I think at the core of what he has said from the past couple days is an idea that these congresswomen are somehow not entirely American.”
CNN Tonight with Don Lemon airs Weeknights at 10 p.m. on CNN.
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