As former President Donald Trump was trashing Kellyanne Conway’s new memoir on Truth Social, Conway was reacting to his statement in real-time during a podcast interview — and, needless to say, the former senior counselor to the MAGA King was not amused.
As previously reported, Conway, who served as Trump’s campaign manager in 2016, recounted in her book, “Here’s the Deal,” how she flat-out told him that he had simply lost the 2020 election.
“I may have been the first person Donald Trump trusted in his inner circle who told him that he had come up short this time,” she wrote. “It wasn’t the result I wanted. It wasn’t the result some 74 million Americans — by far the largest number of people ever to vote for an incumbent president — wanted.”
It didn’t take long for Trump to essentially call the exchange “Fake News.”
“Kellyanne Conway never told me that she thought we lost the election,” Trump posted on his social media platform. “If she had I wouldn’t have dealt with her any longer — she would have been wrong — could go back to her crazy husband.”
Trump then doubled down on his belief that the election was rigged.
“Writing in books can make people say some very strange things,” he continued. “I wonder why? Got 12 million more votes than we did the first time, the most votes, by far, of any sitting President. The election was RIGGED. They used Covid to cheat and steal, and the evidence is massive and indisputable.”
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No sooner did President Trump hit “send” than Kellyanne Conway started punching back.
Conway was recording an episode of “The Interview” podcast with Mediaite’s Aidan McLaughlin when Trump’s released his statement, and McLaughlin was only too happy to read it to her.
It wasn’t the statement Conway was expecting to hear.
“I was given a statement last night that he was going to put out — a beautiful statement about the book and our relationship and how hard we had worked together,” Conway said. “So somebody worked overtime between last evening and this morning to have him put that statement out.”
According to Conway, Trump was probably receiving negative headlines regarding her book from people within his own circle.
“I think that people have their own interests at hand, including the same people who say privately that Donald Trump lost,” she explained. “And I would love to see his 2020 campaign team out there. I would love to hear from Brad Parscale and Jared Kushner and Tony Fabrizio, John McLaughlin, a whole bunch of them, Bill Stepien.”
“I’d like them to go on the record,” she said. “I never see them anywhere talking about the 2020 election. So that’s very fascinating. Some of them even say they’re out of politics now. But I saw a beautiful statement that was going to come out some time between last night and this morning, that did not, about the book.”
While Conway said events on January 6 at the Capitol “made me sick,” she would still run a Trump 2024 campaign “if he would have me.”
As for Trump’s continued belief that the 2020 election was stolen for him, Conway again blamed his advisors.
“They feast on this,” she said. “They feast on this continuously with no deliverable. Because it allows them to stay in his orbit, and I find that to be highly regrettable.”
Trump, Conway admitted, is “not a child” and is capable of making his own decisions, but much of the blame for how his presidency ended, she insists, should fall on his former chief of staff, Mark Meadows.
“It’s highly regrettable that Mark Meadows was the chief of staff for those last eight months in 2020, because he wasn’t up to the task,” she said. “The man did not match the moment or the mission.”
“Beginning with the chief of staff, they let sycophant after supplicant after showman in front of the Resolute Desk shopping their wares,” Conway continued. “But the president was told by many people he trusted, and he knew to be honest, that he won the election and they were going to do something to keep him behind that Resolute Desk and have his second term.”
“I know as a fact he genuinely believed that,” she said, “and he based that genuine belief on what he was being told.”
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