She's melting.

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Kellyanne Conway had one of her little moments today. When reporter Andrew Feinberg asked her to explain what she thought Donald Trump was getting at with his "go back where you came from" comments, she replied by asking him what his own ethnicity was, as human American people routinely do. Feinberg, who's Jewish, wasn't willing to play her dumb game, so we may never find out what brilliant rhetorical point Conway was trying to set up. Probably something completely innocent and yet profound about how the only thing that defines us is our loyalty to America, as embodied by the Great Man, so shame on Feinberg for ruining it. Some people clearly do not love America.

Here's the video; you may want to wear something with a chin strap so your jaw doesn't drop too far.

Kellyanne Conway Asks Reporter: 'What's Your Ethnicity?'

Feinberg: If the president was not telling these four congresswomen to return to their supposed countries of origin, to which countries was he referring?

Conway: What's your ethnicity?

Feinberg: Why is that relevant?

Conway: Because I'm asking a question. My ancestors are from Ireland and Italy.

Feinberg: My own ethnicity is not relevant to the question I'm asking you.

Conway: No, no, it is, because you're asking about -- he said "originally." He said "originally from."

That last, not surprisingly, is a lie. Trump never said anything about "originally," and it also makes no goddamn sense either. But now that it's out there, it will become part of the official "what he really meant" narrative, although Conway also didn't seem to think Feinberg had it right when he asked if Trump meant Rashida Tlaib should go "back" to her ancestors' home in the Occupied Territories, or perhaps the mythical land of Mee-shee-Gann.

Finally, Conway had had enough of the pushy ethnic journalist, even though what Donald Trump said was perfectly clear, and he's already explained himself clearly in her imagination. The "president," she said, is tired, and "a lot of us are sick and tired of this country, of America coming last to people who swore an oath of office."

We'll pause for a moment right there, maybe go make a bit of tea and toast.

There, then. Ready?

Feinberg later decided to offer his own accounting of his ethnicity, offered with all the sincerity of Conway's good-faith answer:

Somebody in the comments pointed out Tlaib's father was actually from East Jerusalem, if you want to get all technical -- he came to the US in 1960, so her family's been on American soil longer than I have. We appreciate a good counter-trolling game, Mr. Feinberg! Now, what are you, really?

Gee, if only we could think of a place where government officials demanded to know the ethnic backgrounds of (((reporters))) who asked them questions, and why that might be a bad precedent. We're being silly of course. It's not like anyone cares about that in America today.

[NBC News / Daily Beast]

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