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Trump campaign weighs in on George H.W. Bush voting for Clinton

Kellyanne Conway called the elder Bush's decision "ironic."

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Kellyanne Conway, Donald Trump's campaign manager, has weighed in on former President George H.W. Bush's reported decision to vote for Hillary Clinton on Election Day.

Conway told CNN host Erin Burnett, who asked her about the development Tuesday night, that she has "respect" for the 41st president and his decision, but said it's "ironic" Bush would vote for "the wife of the man who knocked him out of the race" in 1992.

George H.W. Bush, left, talks with former Secretary of State and close friend James Baker III at NRG Stadium on November 2, 2014 in Houston, Texas. (Bob Levey/Getty Images) George H.W. Bush, left, talks with former Secretary of State and close friend James Baker III at NRG Stadium on November 2, 2014 in Houston, Texas. (Bob Levey/Getty Images)

However, Conway did acknowledge the fallout that likely ensued following the decidedly bitter primary battle between Trump and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, the ex-president's son.

"This was a bruising primary," she said, "and Jeb Bush really failed all expectations. ... I know there are a lot of hurt feelings there."

It is worth noting, though, the Trump campaign manager did not admit that many of those hurt feelings are likely the result of the constant barrage of personal insults her boss leveled against Bush in particular.

She told Burnett she was most "troubled" by the fact that the elder Bush's decision to vote for Clinton even made it to the headlines.

"It doesn't seem like it was meant for public consumption, and that's always very bothersome to me," Conway said.

See her comments below:

(H/T: Mediaite)

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