On Thursday morning, former President Donald Trump personally lambasted Kellyanne Conway over her new memoir, Here’s the dealin which she remembers telling the ex-president that he definitely lost the 2020 election.
While the first rebuke of Conway and his book by the Trump team came earlier this week via a spokesperson, this latest slap was posted by Trump himself on his Truth Social platform.
“Kellyanne Conway never told me she thought we lost the election. If she had, I wouldn’t have dealt with her again – she would have been wrong – I could go back to her crazy husband” , wrote Trump, referring to the fiercely anti-Trump husband of his former adviser and campaign manager, George Conway, “Writing books can cause people to say very strange things.”
In the book, Conway claims he was one of the first advisers to tell Trump that he lost the election he has since maintained was “stolen” from him. “I may have been the first person Donald Trump trusted in his inner circle who told him he missed this time,” Conway wrote. She did not respond to The Daily Beast’s request for comment on Thursday.
Elsewhere in his memoir, Conway took aim at advisers who surrounded Trump who continually echoed and enabled his disastrous and baseless claim that the 2020 election was “rigged” and “stolen” via widespread voter fraud.
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“Rather than accepting responsibility for the loss, they played along and cheered them on (in private, not on TV) when Trump insisted he had won,” recalls- she. “The team had failed on November 3, and they failed again afterwards. By not confronting the candidate with the grim reality of his situation, that the evidence had not surfaced to support the claims, they denied him the evidence he sought and the respect he was due. Instead, pleading after sycophant after showman, they genuflected in front of the Resolute Desk and promised the President goods they couldn’t deliver.
This isn’t the first time the Trump team has thrown cold water on some of the claims in Conway’s book.
As reported exclusively by The Daily Beast over the weekend, Conway alleged that in October 2016, amid the fallout from the Go to Hollywood tapes, Trump considered quitting the election. “Should I go out [of the race]Conway recalls Trump asking him on the night of October 8, as he pondered further, “Am I going to lose? Are we going to lose? Can we still win?”
Following that report, Trump’s chief spokeswoman Liz Harrington told The Daily Beast that Conway’s claims about that conversation were “totally false.”
“I don’t need to be lectured by spokespersons who weren’t there and certainly didn’t help him win,” Conway told The Daily Beast in response.