Trump senior adviser Kellyanne Conway on Sunday said that mayhem caused by an executive order barring travelers from select Muslim countries was a “small price to pay” for the safety of Americans. During an interview on Fox News, host Chris Wallace asked Conway if the administration had made a mistake by failing to think through the chaos that would be caused by Trump’s executive order, which triggered the detention of permanent U.S. legal residents at airports across the country.
“To be quite honest and blunt – no, I do not believe for a second the administration made a mistake, not by a long shot. We’re talking here about something that is not a surprise, it should not have been a surprise for the American people, and least of all for the Muslim residents of this country who happened to be abroad at the time the order was signed,” Conway said. “President Trump never kept this move a secret, he was always very open and honest about his post-inaugural intentions and I don’t see the reason for all the fuss. This was going to happen; it wasn’t a question of if, but a question of when.”
The senior adviser also added that the accusations that Donald Trump wasted no time in being racist from the get go were “as pointless as discussing anything regarding Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama at this point.” “I say again – this was known from the start. It’s not something we’ve done out of the blue,” Conway continued with her rhetoric. “But, if you really want to insist on calling President Trump racist, and using the term to label his entire administration, then you know what? That’s perfectly fine, this is a free country. Unlike our opponents, we’re not going to try to silence anybody. If you want to dish out insults, you can. That’s what makes this America great.”
“But, at the same time, I urge you to realize that the reason why you’re able to do just that, to insult other people, most notably the President of the country and his entire staff, is because the current president is a man who, despite being a billionaire, doesn’t own any newspaper, internet portal or media agency,” she added. “He could, but he doesn’t want to, he doesn’t want to influence America’s opinion. Instead, he’s choosing to do his job honestly and without secrets. And that’s why he’ll continue taking insults without silencing them – because he knows that’s the only way he can change your minds.”
“So, you want to call him racist? Well, here’s what I say to that: being labeled a racist is a small price to pay for being great again, for making this entire country great again. Because, once the storm blows over, the war drums stop beating and the guns go back into their holsters, only then will we have the final tally. And only then will the people of this country realize that Donald Trump is working for them and not against them. True – some people will know that more than others – most notably white, Christian people, but nevertheless – that will be the state of things. And everybody will be ashamed for not having held their tongues,” Conway concluded.