Donald Trump considered quitting his first run for president after the notorious recording of him grabbing women surfaced a month before the election, writes Kellyanne Conway in her forthcoming book, which was obtained by The Daily Beast.
Videotape of a conversation with ‘Access Hollywood’ host Billy Bush in 2005 captured Trump bragging that he could get away with anything with women because he was the star of the reality series “Apprentice”.
“I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I’m not even waiting,” Trump said on tape. “When you are a star, they let you do it. You can do anything. Grab them by the pussy. You can do anything.”
He also bragged about one woman he had “moved on her” and another: “I moved on her like a female dog”.
Following an outcry over his comments, Trump dismissed them as mere “locker room banter.” He also said at the time that there was “no chance” he would quit the presidential race due to outrage and controversy.
But Conway, soon to become a White House aide, reportedly wrote in her memoir, “Here’s the deal,” due out Tuesday, that she and Trump met at Trump Tower on the night of Oct. 8, 2016. , after the recording aired, to discuss his future, according to the Daily Beast.
Trump explained that he had seen reports that the GOP “might force him to withdraw the ticket or hold a vote to expel him” because of the comments.
“Should I get out” of the race? Trump reportedly asked Conway.
Conway told Trump he couldn’t quit, “unless you want to give up and throw it all at Hillary,” she reportedly recounted in the book.
He was still worried, according to Conway, asking, “Am I going to lose? Are we going to lose? Can we still win?
Conway claims in the book that she told Trump his comments were “reprehensible”, according to the Daily Beast. Yet publicly, she completely disdained the appalling remarks – and angered that many noted the future president was bragging about what looked like a sexual assault.