The latest memoir from a member of former President Donald J. Trump’s administration comes from Kellyanne Conway who served as campaign manager during his historic 2016 run as well as White House senior counselor and, unlike so many other former insiders with their own tell-all books, she isn’t cashing in by dumping on her former boss.
Conway, who proudly served under Trump from 2017 to 2020 despite being constantly undermined by her Trump-hating husband George Conway is dishing the details of the experience in her new memoir “Here’s the Deal” which hits bookshelves next week.
In a sneak peek published by People magazine on Thursday, Conway, who was the first woman to manage a winning presidential campaign didn’t hold back with details on her marital problems stemming from her husband’s addiction to trashing her boss on Twitter and other media, the challenges of the job and the support that she was given by Melania and Ivanka Trump.
According to the excerpt from Conway’s book, “George was spending chunks of time in New York at the firm, where he voluntarily went from partner to an of-counsel role, spending his nights alone at our house in Alpine, New Jersey, 240 miles away from D.C. The numbers don’t lie. During this time, the frequency and ferocity of his tweets accelerated.”
“Clearly he was cheating by tweeting,” she wrote. “I was having a hard time competing with his new fling.”
I had already said publicly what I’d said privately to George: that his daily deluge of insults-by-tweet against my boss—or, as he put it sometimes, “the people in the White House”—violated our marriage vows to “love, honor, and cherish” each other. Those vows, of course, do not mean we must agree about politics or policies or even the president. In our democracy, as in our marriage, George was free to disagree, even if it meant a complete 180 from his active support for Trump-Pence–My Wife–2016 and a whiplash change in character from privately brilliant to publicly bombastic.
“Whoop-de-do, George!” I said to him. “You are one of millions of people who don’t like the president. Congrats.”
“The usual silence,” she wrote. “I continued: ‘But you are one of one whose wife is counselor to the president. You shouldn’t criticize me publicly. And when did you become so mean? That is so not you.'”
“George’s answers were always the same. Trump, Trump, Trump . . . The reflexive, obsessive, formulaic ‘but Trump’ slur that permeated half the Congress and half the country was now dominating half the Conway couple,” she recounted.
Conway also provided insight on her relationship with Ivanka Trump, revealing, “I did get some much-needed female support inside the White House, including from a colleague who happened to be the president’s daughter.”
“Ivanka and I had a cordial relationship in the White House, though never as tight as we’d been during the 2016 campaign. Our work didn’t require daily contact, but we stepped in and stepped up together in the foxhole, sometimes as the only foxes in there. On occasion I’d come to her for big decisions regarding her father, and she’d consult with me about how to handle this or that. Ivanka offered empathy and an ear,” she recalled.
In another excerpt, Conway described the problems caused by George’s obsession with Trump, a humiliating way to treat his spouse in complete disrespect for her job. “As soon as I walked in, I immediately recognized the perturbed look on the president’s face—and the voice emanating from the box. It was Melania’s. The First Lady was on the phone,”
“‘Can you believe this?’ Trump said, referring to George’s recent eruptions. ‘This guy is nasty. He won’t stop. And it’s our Kellyanne. She’s my top person. She knows a lot, too! What are we going to do?'” Conway wrote.
She continued, “Melania’s calm voice piped in immediately as my mouth closed and my eyes widened. Donald,’ she said, ‘this is not her fault. And she is a big girl. Strong and confident.’ Melania wasn’t done. ‘We don’t control our husbands—and you don’t control us!'”
“Trump couldn’t argue with that,” Conway recalled. “I didn’t ask for any of this. I felt awkward and embarrassed that the president of the United States and the First Lady had to spend even a minute on this and yet felt relieved and protected from what was becoming an armful of harmful.”
Amazon describes the book:
“In Here’s The Deal, Kellyanne takes you on a journey all the way to the White House and beyond with her trademark sharp wit, raw honesty, and level eye. It’s all here: what it’s like to be dissected on national television. How to outsmart the media mob. How to outclass the crazy critics. How to survive and succeed male-dominated industries. What happens when the perils of social media really hit home. And what happens when the divisions across the country start playing out in one’s own family.”
“In this open and vulnerable account, Kellyanne turns the camera on herself. What she has to share—about our politics, about the media, about her time in the White House, and about her personal journey—is an astonishing glimpse of visibility and vulnerability, of professional and personal highs and lows, and ultimately, of triumph.”
Conway’s book “Here’s the Deal: A Memoir” is currently available for pre-order and will be released on Tuesday, May 24, 2022.
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