Kellyanne Conway took fight with Clinton aides personally
The 2016 presidential election may be over, but the wounds are still fresh. That became apparent at a Thursday night Harvard University forum between top operatives for both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton’s campaigns. At one point, Clinton campaign official Jennifer Palmieri directly accused Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway of creating a platform for white supremacists (in addition to Trump’s own anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant rhetoric, his chief White House strategist Steve Bannon ran Brietbart News, which published several anti-Semitic, misogynist, and homophobic stories). Conway responded that Clinton’s loss was due to the fact that the candidate “doesn’t connect with people,” but in a Friday morning interview about the exchange, Conway still seemed upset about the accusation.
“I took that personally, and I know that’s not true,” Conway told CBS This Morning on Friday. “President-elect Trump has denounced every single element of that awful movement.”
Conway referred to Trump’s interview with the New York Times, in which he said the so-called alt-right is “not a group I want to energize.” At the same time, Bannon — who once boasted that under his leadership Breitbart News was “the platform for the alt-right” — remains one of the preisdent-elect’s top advisers.