Twitter users poured scorn on White House counselor Kellyanne Conway after she threatened a reporter for the conservative Washington Examiner newspaper in a telephone call.

In audio released Thursday, Conway tore into journalist Caitlin Yilek for mentioning her husband George Conway’s anti-Trump stance in an article detailing her reported consideration to become the next White House chief of staff.

Kellyanne Conway disparagingly told me it was improper to write about her husband and threatened to investigate my personal life in a conversation she thought was off the record. It wasn’t.

— Caitlin Yilek (@hausofcait) October 24, 2019

Conway warned Yilek that “if you’re going to cover my personal life, then we’re welcome to do the same around here.” She also claimed her attorney husband “gets his power through me, if you haven’t noticed. Not the other way around.”

“Kellyanne really covering herself in glory here,” one Twitter user responded to the exchange. Others described it as “very disturbing” and “mostly embarrassing and sad.”

Kellyanne really covering herself in glory here

— Rosie Gray (@RosieGray) October 24, 2019

my favorite part is when Kellyanne says “nobody read your story” — in the middle of a 7+ minute call belittling the reporter for that story.

— Jesse Lehrich (@JesseLehrich) October 24, 2019

This is about power… It's about powerful people (like Kellyanne) trying to push around and intimidate people they perceive to be less powerful.

— Matt Lewis (@mattklewis) October 24, 2019

The Kellyanne call is mostly embarrassing and sad. But it's also a senior official threatening to investigate the private lives of journalists who dare ask questions – from a White House with no scruples, facing impeachment for seeking dirt on an opponent's son.

— Jon Lovett (respookted on BOOth sides) (@jonlovett) October 24, 2019

in which Kellyanne Conway goes into detail on the attack at a reporter with the lead-in: "nobody read your story"

— Edward-Isaac Dovere (@IsaacDovere) October 24, 2019

US regime official threatens news reporter for doing her job.

— Bahman Kalbasi (@BahmanKalbasi) October 24, 2019

When you've lost The Washington Examiner …

— Greg Toppo (@gtoppo) October 24, 2019

Kellyanne Conway thinks she's the Public Editor of the Washington Examiner

— marisa kabas (@MarisaKabas) October 24, 2019

The Apple doesn’t fall far from the boss’ tree. #kellyanneconway

— Front Page Live (@frontpage_live) October 24, 2019

It is good to know that Kelly Anne’s values are both personally and professionally aligned.

— Matthew Dowd (@matthewjdowd) October 24, 2019

I wish I could be surprised, but the bar for surprises coming from the WH is tremendously high now. But this is very disturbing.

— Jon Summers (@JonSummersdc) October 24, 2019

honestly this is an insane rant even by kellyanne conway standards

— Alex H. Kasprak (@alexkasprak) October 24, 2019

Kellyanne Conway cannot remember that the president of the United States attacked her husband by name.

— David Frum (@davidfrum) October 24, 2019

If anyone spoke to my daughter this way I'd lose my mind. If anyone spoke to me this way on the phone I'd also lose my mind.

— William Pitts (@william_pitts) October 24, 2019


— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) October 24, 2019

The transcript of this call is beyond parody

— Olivia Goldhill (@OliviaGoldhill) October 24, 2019

One of these two people comes off looking extremely professional and it's not the taxpayer-funded senior White House official.

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