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Kellyanne Conway says her marriage 'may not survive' George's disdain for Trump

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Kellyanne Conway says her marriage to George Conway “may not survive” her husband’s harsh criticism of her old boss, former President Donald Trump.

Kellyanne and George Conway.
Kellyanne and George Conway at a dinner at Washington, D.C.'s Union Station on the eve of Donald Trump's inauguration in 2017. (Joshua Roberts/Reuters)

“Democracy will survive. America will survive,” she writes in her new memoir, “Here’s the Deal,” which was published on Tuesday. “George and I may not survive.”

Conway, who served as Trump’s campaign manager during his 2016 campaign and then as special counselor in the White House, said she was stunned by her husband’s attacks on Trump.

George and the president

George Conway, a conservative Washington, D.C., lawyer, emerged as a fierce Trump critic, publicly disparaging him in interviews and on Twitter while his wife worked in the West Wing.

In the book, Kellyanne Conway says she “had two men in my life.”

Kellyanne Conway sits on a couch in the Oval Office.
Conway casually sits on a couch as President Trump welcomes the leaders of dozens of historically Black colleges and universities in the Oval Office in 2017. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)

“One was my husband. One was my boss, who happened to be president of the United States,” she writes. “One of those men was defending me. And it wasn’t George Conway. It was Donald Trump.”

She characterizes her husband’s attacks as “sneaky, almost sinister.”

“Night after night, I would come home from a busy day at work,” Conway writes. “While I was minding dishes, dogs, laundry, managing adolescent dramas and traumas, George would be just steps away from me, tucked away in his home office, plotting against my boss and me.”

Trump, for his part, did not hold back in returning rhetorical fire, calling George Conway “a stone cold LOSER” and a “husband from hell!”

Kushner and Fauci

Kellyanne Conway and Jared Kushner at Joint Base Andrews, Md.
Conway and Jared Kushner at Joint Base Andrews, Md., in 2018. (Leah Millis/Reuters)

Unlike books by other former Trump officials, Conway's tell-all does not speak ill of the ex-president. Instead, she reserves her trash talk primarily for her former colleague Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law and former senior adviser.

Conway describes Kushner as “shrewd and calculating” while mocking his “ever-bulging portfolio.”

“There was no subject he considered beyond his expertise,” she writes. “Criminal justice reform. Middle East peace. The southern and northern borders. Veterans and opioids. Big Tech and small business.

“If Martian attacks had come across the radar, he would have happily added them to his ever-bulging portfolio,” she continues. “He’d have made sure you knew he’d exiled the Martians to Uranus and insisted he did not care who got credit for it.”

According to Conway, Kushner once suggested that Trump travel to Ellis Island, “where he’d stand at the foot of the Statue of Liberty to lead a naturalization ceremony.”

“He misread the Constitution in one crucial respect,” Conway writes of Kushner, “thinking that all power not given to the federal government was reserved to him.”

Kellyanne Conway.
Conway speaks to reporters outside the West Wing of the White House in 2019. (Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP)

She is also critical of Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, who served as a prominent member of Trump’s coronavirus task force.

“No masks was standard fare in the White House Situation Room, where Dr. Fauci was more likely to wear ‘Dr. Fauci’ socks than a mask,” she writes.

But when a photographer for Vice President Mike Pence, head of the task force, came into the room to take photos, Conway writes, “masks would suddenly appear.”