The hosts of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” suggested Monday that President Donald Trump’s top counselor, Kellyanne Conway, agreed to manage his campaign primarily for monetary reasons.
Monday’s “Morning Joe” broadcast included an entire segment highlighting false statements Conway had made, including on the size of Trump’s inauguration crowd and on the Trump counselor’s reference to a nonexistent terrorist attack.
Host Mika Brzezinski recalled Conway’s behavior 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 that while 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 as a Trump surrogate has long been controversial because of her history making statements that were false or that contradicted views later expressed by Trump, 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 organizations for indulging Conway’s spin 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 Conway has known Trump for years, he was not her 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.