Kate Riga

Kate Riga is a news writer for Talking Points Memo based in New York City. Before joining TPM, Kate was the political reporter for The Southampton Press. She is a graduate of Georgetown University and a native of Philadelphia.

Articles by Kate

As President Donald Trump flew to West Virginia for a rally Tuesday night, he carried heavy cargo—a conviction for his former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, a guilty plea from his former personal lawyer Michael Cohen, an indictment of one of his earliest endorsers Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) and a story about his National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow inviting a white nationalist publisher to his birthday party.

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On Fridays We Wear Pink

White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, the blonde-haired, pink-clad Regina George of the federal government, read aloud many pages of her Burn Book this week. From her main man to the White House press corps, Queen Conway took no prisoners.

On Sunday, the verbal contortions Conway usually performs with great aplomb on the morning shows faltered when ABC’s Jonathan Karl asked her to name the most prominent African-American official currently serving the President in the West Wing.

Conway paused before trying to berate Karl for not accepting the appointment of HUD Director Ben Carson as the requisite token minority.

She also name dropped “Ja’Ron,” referring to Ja’Ron Smith who, like Carson, does not work in the West Wing.

Not fetch.

A few days later, Conway lashed out at her husband, George, for committing a crime on par with wearing sweatpants to lunch on Mondays. Never a fan of George’s anti-Trump tweets, Conway decided to air her grievances in the most passive aggressive way possible.

She told a reporter that George’s tweeting is “disrespectful, it’s a violation of basic decency, certainly, if not marital vows,” then tried to retroactively take the comments off the record to be attributed to someone familiar with the relationship.

That’s not how reporter-source agreements work.

Conway wrapped up the week by zinging all the losers following her around the White House campus.

“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 kind of weird,” she said, flipping her blonde tresses over her shoulder.

For proving that the limit of headlines she can generate by being rude, offensive or ignorant does not exist, Kellyanne Conway is our Duke of the Week.

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