Kellyanne Conway's husband George is 'a total loser,' Preisdent Donald Trump claimed on Tuesday, less than 24 hours after the Washington lawyer blasted him on Twitter as mentally ill.
And the president's 2020 campaign manager, Brad Parscale, claimed 'Mr. Kellyanne Conway' is 'jealous' of his more-famous wife's success after being bounced from a low-prestige job at the U.S. Department of Justice.
'He barely worked @TheJusticeDept and was either fired/quit, didn’t want the scrutiny? Now he hurts his wife because he is jealous of her success. POTUS doesn’t even know him!' Parscale tweeted Monday night.
Mr. Conway had launched a barrage of insults at the president on Monday evening, tweeting medical definitions of personality disorders including 'deceitfulness' and grandiosity as symptoms — and saying they apply to the 45th president.
His latest criticism of Trump followed a weekend of digital slams from the president against a range of targets including the late Sen. John McCain and Saturday Night Live.
Mr. Conway fired back sarcastically at Trump on Monday, tweeting that it wasn't smart of the president to give his armchair psychiatry a bigger platform.
'Congratulations!' he wrote in a tweet. 'You just guaranteed that millions of more people are going to learn about narcissistic personality disorder and malignant narcissism! Great job!'
Conway's wife, counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway, brushed off the incident, saying she was taking care of the couple's four children Monday morning and hadn't paid attention.
Parscale, however, spoke for Trumpworld; the president himself piled on hours later
Mr. Conway posted the definition of Narcissistic Personality Disorder; he also tweeted the cover of the latest Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders in a slap at Trump.
According to the definition, someone with the disorder has three or more of a list of symptoms.
Among them are a 'Grandiose sense of self-importance (e.g., exaggerates achievements and talents, expects to be recognized as superior without commensurate achievements).'
A person with a narcissistic disorder may also be:
'Preoccupied with fantasies of unlimited success, power, brilliance, beauty, or ideal love;'
'Believes he or she is “special’ and unique and can only be understood by, or should associate with, other special or high-status people (or institutions);' and
'Requires excessive admiration ... has a sense of entitlement ... [and] is interpersonally exploitative.'
Before his stab at armchair psychiatry, Conway retweeted conservative commentator William Kristol, who urged people to think seriously about Trump's psychological state.
'Agree with this, but would add that *all* Americans should be thinking seriously *now* about Trump’s mental condition and psychological state, including and especially the media, Congress — and the Vice President and Cabinet,' Conway wote.
Kellyanne Conway commented on the latest instance of her husband torching the president — her boss — brushing off a question by a reporter at the White House.
'I have four kids and I was getting them out of the house this morning before I got here, so I could talk to the president about substance. So I may not be up to speed on the whole thing,' she said.
As Conway's tweet attacking the president's alleged narcissism reverberated, Trump weighed in on the New Zealand terror attack that killed 50, defending his own image and complaining that he was being blamed for the slaughter.
'The Fake News Media is working overtime to blame me for the horrible attack in New Zealand. They will have to work very hard to prove that one. So Ridiculous!' the president wrote.
Last year, former White House physician Dr. Ronny Jackson said Trump had aced a diagnostic test used to look at potential mental disorders.
Trump got a perfect score on a test designed to look for signs of memory loss or cognitive dysfunction.
He bragged about the results as he blamed his predecessors for failing to solve problems in North Korea.
'I guess they all realized they were going to have to leave it to a president that scored the highest on tests,' Trump quipped at the time.