The hosts of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” suggested Monday that President Donald Trump’s top counselor Kellyanne Conway primarily agreed to manage his campaign for monetary reasons.
Monday’s “Morning Joe” broadcast included an entire segment highlighting false statements that Conway has made, including on the size of Trump’s inauguration crowd and the Trump counselor’s reference to a non-existent terrorist attack.
Host Mika Brzezinski recalled Conway’s behaviour after segments during the campaign in which the former campaign manager “would shill for Trump in extensive fashion.”
“Then she would get off the air, the camera would be turned off, the microphone would be turned off. And she’d say, ‘Blegh. I need to take a shower,'” Brzezinski said. “Because she disliked her candidate so much.”
Scarborough said although he couldn’t recall whether Conway said she would run the campaign for monetary reasons — Brzezinski appeared to imply that money was indeed the former campaign manager’s primary motivation — Conway’s opinion of Trump appeared to shift after the release of a recording in which he boasted by grabbing women by their genitals.
“I thought it was very interesting that after the ‘Access Hollywood’ tape came out, that’s when she started to referring to Donald Trump as ‘my client,'” Scarborough said. “Separating, saying, ‘I don’t believe this guy, he’s just my client. It’s just a paycheck.'”
Though Conway’s once ubiquitous presence on cable news has been a subject of controversy, the “Morning Joe” hosts have been particularly outspoken about their displeasure with her on-air interviews.
Brzezinski said earlier this year that she barred Conway from appearing on the show, and she has chastised other news organisations for indulging Conway’s gratuitous spin in order to increase ratings.
“I love CNN, but you gotta stop putting Kellyanne on the air,” Brzezinski said last week. “It’s politics porn. You’re just getting your little ratings crack. OK? But it’s disgusting.”
Though they have known each other for years, Trump was not Conway’s first choice for president.
During the 2016 Republican primary, she backed Sen. Ted Cruz, advising his campaign and super PAC.
Conway didn’t respond to a request for comment.
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