CNN host Michael Smerconish’s attempt to interview Kellyanne Conway went out the window on Saturday morning after he asked the former Donald Trump advisor about a chapter in her new book about her husband George, and she went off on a breathless rant about her spouse leaving the CNN host trying to get a word in edgewise.
Tensions between the Washington power couple have been on display ever since the conservative attorney took to Twitter to launch broadsides at her former boss in the Oval Office which, combined with her comments in her book about him, led to Saturday’s diatribe.
Hours after husband George was on MSNBC accusing Trump of “witness tampering,” Conway was asked by the CNN host about the state of her marriage.
“You know, in 2016, known as the year of the tweet, George Conway sent zero tweets,” she began. “Now he’s sent over 100,000. He can change his mind about Donald Trump, this is a free country, George has no allegiance to a political party or presidential candidate but his vows to me I feel were broken because we were all in.”
“You know, I also write in the book, Michael, that people like to say without Kellyanne Conway, Donald Trump would not have gotten elected president of the United States, that’s debatable,” she humbly stated. “But without George Conway urging, if not insisting me, his wife, to take that campaign management job and helping out with more with the kids and home, I don’t see how I could be the campaign manager the level I was. George was my partner.”
“Did you ever say, George, what the hell are you doing here?” the CNN host asked.
“I did and that’s in the book,” she shot back. “All I got was a steady diet of ‘Trump, Trump, Trump.’ I will tell you that I know he’s billed differently now, but for the three years, he was mentioned 48 times by the New York Times. He was mentioned 45 of the 48 times as, quote, ‘Kellyanne Conway’s husband.’ We should be honest about how everybody came to know him and that he became some kind of resistance folk hero but not at a small cost.”
“I feel that I should have known ahead of time if this thing called the Lincoln Project was going to exist there were going to be ads, dumping an op-ed the next day, his tweets are going to be about my boss,” she continued. “Again, just so your viewers who are saying ‘why did you have her on? I turned off the TV,’ although they didn’t or are reading online, they should know that George — I feel like I was owed an explanation. And this is not the situation, I gave up millions of dollars to go be a public servant in the White House. George wanted to have a big job in the Trump administration, we moved our family to Washington as a family. He changed his mind about Donald Trump somewhere along the way. Famously, Donald Trump never changes. I didn’t change my mind.”
At the end of the interview, and after Conway was off-screen, host Smerconish lashed out at viewers complaining about having her as a guest after a tweet was shown on-screen and he demanded his producers take it down.