Former Donald Trump spokesperson/aide Kellyanne Conway is claiming in her new book that Trump was in a panic after the notorious “Access Hollywood” tape, in which he infamously bragged about grabbing women “by the p***y” was revealed in shortly before the 2016 election. Conway claims that she had to talk Trump out of dropping out of the race in the aftermath of the tape’s release.
Conway’s new book, “Here’s the Deal: A Memoir” will be released this week, and the Daily Beast’s Zachary Petrizzo got an early look at it.
According to the book, Trump felt blindsided by the tape’s release and he anxiously asked Conway “Should I get out [of the race]?” during a meeting at Trump Tower on Oct. 8, 2016.
“She writes that Trump had seen reports that the GOP ‘could force him off the ticket or hold a vote to expel him’ amid the fury over his misogynistic comments, captured on video a decade earlier. Conway said that at the time, she questioned whether Trump might be testing her, or if he was really second-guessing himself.”
“You actually can’t unless you want to forfeit and throw the whole damn thing to Hillary,” Conway claims she told Trump, before he fired back “What do you mean, I can’t?”
“She said she then explained to him that stepping out of the race at that point wasn’t in the picture, since early voting had begun,” according to Petrizzo.
Conway says she told Trump “I know you don’t like to lose but I also know you don’t like to quit,” and also claims that she ripped into Trump over his misogynistic and sexist comments by telling him that they were “disgusting” and “reprehensible.”
According to The Beast, no one from Trump’s office bothered to respond when asked about the accounts in Conway’s book.
Trump famously publically brushed off the tape at the time, calling it “locker room talk.” He was captured on the tape saying “I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait. When you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything. Grab ’em by the pussy. You can do anything.,” and boasted about another woman that
he “moved on her,” and “I moved on her like a bitch.”