Kellyanne Conway: ‘Scope and Intensity’ against Mitt Romney selection ‘Breathtaking’
November 27th, 2016 • iizthatiiz
Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway made the rounds on three of today’s Sunday morning talk shows, where she was asked repeatedly about a tweet she put out earlier this week acknowledging a “deluge of social media” against the possible selection of Mitt Romney as secretary of state.
Receiving deluge of social media & private comms re: Romney Some Trump loyalists warn against Romney as sec of state https://t.co/HDtpjeJTc3
Asked about the tweet by CNN’s Dana Bash on ‘State of the Union’, Conway explained that she “felt compelled” to publicly share the voluminous amount of anti-Romney sentiment sent her way, “because, it’s just breathtaking in scope and intensity, the type of messages I received from all over the country.”
Conway talked of “the number of people who feel betrayed to think that a Governor Romney would get the most prominent cabinet post after he went so far out of his way to hurt Donald Trump.”
She suggested that Romney went far beyond the efforts of the ‘Never Trump’ movement in his effort to derail Trump’s presidential bid. That Romney didn’t criticize Trump on policy, but instead focused solely on hurling derogatory statements aimed at Trump’s character.
Asked if she had personal concerns regarding the possibility of Romney joining a Trump administration, Conway admitted, “You’re not wrong to say that.”
“The backlash from the grassroots, I’m hearing from people who are saying, ‘hey, my parents died penniless, but I gave $216 dollars for Donald Trump’s campaign, and I would feel betrayed.’ You have people saying, ‘I thought we got rid of this type.'”
Conway added, “We don’t even know if Mitt Romney voted for Donald Trump.”
Meet the Press
“I am just astonished at the breathtaking volume and intensity of blowback that I see […] unsolicited from people on social media”, Conway told NBC’s Chuck Todd on Meet the Press.
“People feel betrayed to think that Governor Romney, who went out of his way to question the character, and the intellect, and the integrity of Donald Trump, now our president-elect, would be given the most significant cabinet post of all, secretary of state.”
“I’m reflecting what the grassroots are saying. they feel a bit betrayed to think that you can get a Romney back in there after everything he did.”
“He and his consultants were nothing but awful to Donald Trump for a year.”
Asked by ABC’s Martha Raddatz, whether she was speaking out publicly only for herself, or if President-elect Trump wanted her to do so, Conway replied, “I won’t discuss that, but I will tell you that I’ve already weighed in privately, because I’ve been asked to.”
Speaking toward the notion that a Romney selection would heal divisions within the Republican party, Conway said, “We’re all for party unity. I don’t think the cost of admission for party unity has to be the Secretary of State position.”