A full year-and-a-half after Donald Trump’s re-election loss, and with an investigation into his Big Lie proceeding, numerous one-time members of his inner circle are surfacing to assure the public that they never supported the former president’s attempts to subvert democracy. Kellyanne Conway, for one, says that she was among the first to tell Trump he’d really lost, and set limits on how he could contest the loss.
Conway, like many other members of Trump’s administration, has written a book about her time working with him, and is making appearances to promote it. Speaking on The View, she addressed one particular story she tells in her book — that Trump was utterly shocked to have lost in 2020, and couldn’t believe that Joe Biden had won not only the popular but the electoral vote.
Conway is still a Trump supporter, clearly, and tries initially to divert the narrative to Trump’s collusion with Russia, which his allies still claim was a ‘hoax’ despite the evidence of the Mueller Report.
However, when pressed to explain why Trump lied about the election, her answer is simple: because his sycophants told him he couldn’t lose. She blames others in his campaign both for the loss, and for letting Trump think the win could still be recovered.
"I'm the closest person to Donald Trump to tell him the earliest that he came up short. It broke my heart, I wanted him to get reelected," she adds. pic.twitter.com/EfzfNh0FiXSee Also
— The View (@TheView) May 24, 2022
I’m the closest person to Donald Trump to tell him the earliest that he came up short. It broke my heart, I wanted him to get reelected…He should have won huge! He had all these accomplishments, he’s running against a guy who’s stuck in a basement, and you’re in the middle of a pandemic!…I think President Trump was told again and again by people in his campaign, you’re gonna win in a landslide. They had him going to Oregon, to Minnesota, for what? An then after he was coming up short, they said that there’s a way that we can do this.
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