Trump Aide Asks Jewish Reporter Inquiring About Racist Tweets: What’s Your Ethnicity?

White House adviser Kellyanne Conway later said she had tried to make the point that 'we are all from somewhere else originally'

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White House adviser Kellyanne Conway speaks with reporters at the White House, Washington D.C., July 16, 2019.
White House adviser Kellyanne Conway speaks with reporters at the White House, Washington D.C., July 16, 2019.Credit: Alex Brandon / AP

After asking a Jewish reporter to reveal his ethnicity, White House adviser Kellyanne Conway says she meant no disrespect.

Her question came during an informal press gathering Tuesday when reporter Andrew Feinberg asked her about President Donald Trump’s tweets regarding freshmen Democratic congresswomen Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, Ayanna Pressley and Ilhan Omar. Feinberg wondered what countries Trump was referring to when he suggested the American politicians should return to their countries of origin.

Conway replied, “What’s your ethnicity?”

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After a brief pause, Feinberg asked why that was relevant to his question.

Conway, who said she is of Italian and Irish descent, tweeted later that she was trying to make the point that “We are all from somewhere else ‘originally.’”

Feinberg works for the technology publication Breakfast Media.

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