George Conway, the husband of White House adviser Kellyanne Conway, has speculated that the regular barrage of tweets that President Donald Trump sends is part of a plan to portray himself as not being mentally stable enough to face an impeachment trial.
George Conway, a conservative attorney, took to social media to give his explanation for the president’s Twitter use, which on Friday included retweets of compliments from his supporters and comprised of 18 tweets between 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. and another 18 between 11 p.m. and midnight, according to the Trump Twitter archive.
The flurry included a retweet of a conspiracy theory about links between the son of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Ukraine, in which Trump wrote, “Wow Crazy Nancy, what’s going on? This is big stuff!”
Trump was referring to a video clip shown on the pro-Trump right-wing radical news channel OAN which revisits a debunked story that Pelosi’s son, Paul Pelosi Jr., was allegedly doing business in Ukraine with an energy company called Viscoil.
Factcheck.org noted state records show that Viscoil was based in California—not in Ukraine.
George Conway mused that the Twitter torrent was part of a calculated plan, tweeting at 6.20 a.m. on Saturday morning: “It’s as though @realDonaldTrump is trying to establish that he’s not mentally competent to stand trial on the articles of impeachment.
“Too bad for him, though, that there’s no legal basis for a mental competence requirement in the impeachment process.” He capped off his remarks with the hashtag “#IMPOTUS,” referring to his nickname for the president which started trending earlier in the month.
George Conway repeated the theme in a later tweet about what will happen during the president’s time off over the holiday period, writing: “Sorry—@realDonaldTrump‘s diseased mental state doesn’t take vacations.”
George Conway pulls no punches in his criticism of Trump, tweeting this week in response to Trump’s complaint about the challenges he faces as foreign leader, that it is because other leaders think the president is a “deranged idiot.”
He has publicly questioned the president’s mental health, writing in The Atlantic that “you don’t need to be a mental-health professional to see that something’s very seriously off with Trump.”
George Conway has joined forces with other Republicans to form a political action committee known as the Lincoln Project with the aim of ousting Trump.
The president on the other hand has backed the wife of his fierce critic, refusing to fire her when the Office of Special Counsel found she had repeatedly violated the Hatch Act which prohibits federal employees from engaging in partisan political activities.
Newsweek has contacted the White House and George Conway for comment.