A new excerpt from former White House communications staffer Cliff Sims’ new bombshell book was published in Vanity Fair, and this one focused on a very special member of Donald Trump’s Team of Vipers: Kellyanne Conway. And Sims doesn’t appear to be a fan:
As I watched Kellyanne in operation over our time in the White House, my view of her sharpened. It became hard to look long at her without getting the sense that she was a cartoon villain brought to life. Her agenda — which was her survival over all others, including the president — became more and more transparent.
In the White House, “Kellyanne managed to land a job with no fixed responsibilities” and a huge office, where she could “just dabble in areas that piqued her interest,” Sims writes. And one of those interests was leaking, a fact he learned firsthand while drafting a response on her MacBook to Morning Joe calling her out for being two-faced about Trump:
Kellyanne was sitting at her desk texting away. And since her iMessage account was tied to both her phone and her laptop, which she must not have even considered, I could inadvertently see every conversation she was having. Over the course of 20 minutes or so, she was having simultaneous conversations with no fewer than a half-dozen reporters, most of them from outlets the White House frequently trashed for publishing “fake news.”
Conway “bashed” Kushner, Steve Bannon, and Reince Priebus by name and also recounted private conversations with Trump, “talking about him like a child she had to set straight,” Sims said. “I was sitting there, watching this, totally bewildered. I was supposed to be writing a statement, defending her against accusations that she had done almost exactly what I was watching her do that very moment.”
Conway denied the report, of course:
Kellyanne Conway fires back at Cliff Sims in VF: “While it’s rare, I prefer to knife people from the front, so they see it coming.” According to a source, the statement was drafted with her husband, George Conway https://t.co/r4vaNavHct
— VANITY FAIR (@VanityFair) January 24, 2019
Vanity Fair tweeted that Kellyanne’s husband George helped craft that statement but he is denying that.
In response, George Conway — a frequent critic of Trump — said that he had never even seen the statement he was said to have helped draft. He added that only very recently was he even aware of the book.
I never saw this statement, let alone helped draft it; nor was I aware of the book excerpt to which it responds until a short while ago. https://t.co/VwF8KBVTag
— George Conway (@gtconway3d) January 24, 2019
Former news anchor Sam Donaldson says Pres. Trump and Kellyanne Conway are in a symbiotic relationship: "Mongoose and Cobra."
"They look in the mirror and see each other. They're both narcissists. They both want all the media spotlight on them. They don't mind trashing anyone." pic.twitter.com/EerJOghnEF
— Anderson Cooper 360° (@AC360) January 24, 2019