An occasion when this excuse may actually be true

When a person says they are leaving a prominent position in government or business to ‘spend more time with their family’, that is often an indication that they have been pressured to leave or that there is a scandal looming that they want to get ahead of. So when Kellyanne Conway suddenly announced yesterday that she was leaving her position as White House counselor at the end of this month and giving that exact reason, my first reaction was wondering what the other show was and when it would drop. This is because Conway has been close to Trump from during the 2016 campaign and has been one of his most loyal aides, ever willing to go on TV and defends his actions and lies, however outrageous. Through all the turnovers in the Trump administration, she has been a fixture.

I will be transitioning from the White House at the end of this month. George is also making changes. We disagree about plenty but we are united on what matters most: the kids. Our four children are teens and ‘tweens starting a new academic year, in middle school and high school, remotely from home for at least a few months. As millions of parents nationwide know, kids “doing school from home” requires a level of attention and vigilance that is as unusual as these times.

This is completely my choice and my voice. In time, I will announce future plans. For now, and for my beloved children, it will be less drama, more mama.

Her husband George Conway has been a fierce critic of Trump and is one of the key people in the Lincoln Project, a group of right-wing Republicans who are disenchanted with Trump, and the spectacle of wife and husband publicly praising and vilifying Trump has been the source of some discussion in the media.

But in this case, the reason may be genuine. It turns out that their 15-year old daughter is fiercely opposed to the politics of her parents and has been publicly threatening to ask for ’emancipation’ from them, a legal move asking a judge to deprive her parents of their guardianship of her. She said this on Saturday, the day before Conway’s announcement.

Kellyanne Conway’s Trump-hating daughter is apparently ready for a new family.

“I’m officially pushing for emancipation. Buckle up because this is probably going to be public one way or another, unfortunately. Welcome to my life,” 15-year-old Claudia Conway tweeted Saturday night.

Left-leaning Claudia has been openly feuding with her parents on TikTok and Twitter all summer, bashing them for their conservative views.

At one point she urged progressive Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to adopt her.

Saturday’s tweet came alongside many more in which she penned her frustration over her mother’s work for President Trump, and over recent praise of her father, George Conway, for his work as co-founder of the Lincoln Project, a Republican anti-Trump group.

“As for my dad, politically, we agree on absolutely nothing. We just both happen to have common sense when it comes to our current president. Stop ‘stanning’ him,” Claudia tweeted, using a term referring to someone who admires someone or something to the point of obsession.

Following her mother’s announcement yesterday, the daughter said that she was not mollified and that her parents had not even told or discussed this latest move with their children, leaving them to learn of it from their tweets, the same time as everyone else. She says that she is still pursuing emancipation.

I had a student in one of my college classes threaten to ask for emancipation from her parents because they kept constantly badgering her to pursue a medical career that she had no interest in. The student would come to my office to air her frustrations. It was very painful to hear her. Fortunately, she reconciled with her parents when they stopped pushing her and on graduation day, she and her family all came to my office and we had a pleasant conversation.

It is an extremely sad situation when a child asks for emancipation from their parents and Conway’s daughter is clearly very upset. I hope that the family can use this time to work things out.


  1. says

    Such fault-lines are irreparable, I think. Stupid to cause them in a family -- but then, the parents are both lying “conservative” shitweasels. I’m surprised, though: Kellyanne seems to be a nihilist with no beliefs. Nobody should believe anything she says, its all alternative facts.

  2. mailliw says

    I wish I could remember which British minister said of an opposition MP: “I have nothing against the honourable gentleman’s wife and family, but I think he should be spending more time with them”.

    It might have been Dennis Healey, it sounds like his kind of acid wit.

  3. brucegee1962 says

    Sad situation all around.
    There have been a few other times when teenagers have had to literally make national headlines just to get their parents’ attention. At least Claudia’s cry for help didn’t involve police cars — yet.
    Hey, though, let’s not forget — family values party!

  4. rich rutishauser says

    That poor kid is going to be eff’d up. She is going to know, forever, that it took threats of legal action to get her own mother to stop being a mouthpiece for a grifting shithead. On second thought, since KAC really does have no values, maybe we’ll find out that she got a better offer from the Lincoln Project to just shut up for a while and the kid is just fortuitous timing…

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