Former President Donald Trump is slamming former Senior Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway over a claim in her book that he lost the 2020 presidential race. “Kellyanne Conway never told me that she thought we lost the election,” Trump posted on Thursday via his Facebook website Truth Social. “If she had, I wouldn't have dealt with her any longer–she would have been wrong–could go back to her crazy husband.”
He continued, “Writing books can make people say some very strange things… I wonder why?”
Trump was furious about one sentence in Conway's Here's the Deal, her latest memoir, in which she harshly criticizes former advisor and Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, Dr. Anthony Fauci, and her husband. Conway did not, however, condemn Trump. The line that angered the former president, as per the New York Daily News, was: “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.”
Trump has repeatedly claimed that the election result was based on fraud and basically said in his tweet that he would have fired Conway in the event she had informed him that she believed he had lost. The fact is that Conway was actually very complimentary of Trump in her book of 506 pages, which is a rare find in the books of former officials of the administration. “Donald Trump had elevated and empowered me to the top of his campaign, helping me crack glass ceilings that had never even been dinged before,” she writes, noting the “angry feminists” should “have at least once in their lives a ‘girl boss' as generous, respectful, engaging, and empowering as Donald Trump was to me and my other female colleagues.”
Kellyanne was among the most loyal officials of the Trump Administration, standing up for him in the face of two impeachment trials and a hostile press and a smear campaign by Democrats. Kellyanne is said to have remained loyal to him even after she quit the administration at the end of the summer of 2020. We'll find out if his broadside will change this.
During her association with the anti-Trump Lincoln Project, he never criticised her, yet he regularly attacked her husband's creepy ways—the vocal Never-Trumper and Lincoln Project cofounder George Conway. The memoir reveals how George's tweets could have destroyed their marriage (and still could). Trump stood by her the whole time, but it must have been an awkward moment for everyone affected.
There is a strong indication that Trump is in the process of preparing for a bid in 2024 to gain back his White House seat. In fact, Kellyanne said as much Thursday in an interview with Fox Business: “Trump did many great things for the country during his tenure, and I would much rather be living in Donald’s America than the current shipwreck that is Bidenworld. Yet, I don’t see how this kind of attack on one of his most steadfast allies helps Trump’s cause. While we all have our questions on the fairness of 2020 elections, Trump is going to have to focus on the future if he wants to lead again. That’s partly because the present is such a cluster, and partly because even if he’s right, it’s too late to change the 2020 result. (I’m not saying we shouldn’t investigate the 2020 election; we need to so we can make sure there are no anomalies next time. But let other people fight that battle, like Dinesh D’Souza does in his excellent documentary 2000 Mules.) I love Trump’s pugnacious style and singular ability to fight the crazy Dems and the liberal media. No other GOP politician comes close, with the possible exception of Ron DeSantis. We’re in for a fight for this country, and we need to win it. I wish Trump would save his fire for the opposition, and not the soldiers fighting alongside him. He could have simply said of Conway’s comment, ‘That’s not how I recall it,’ and move on. He didn’t have to go there.”