Kellyanne Conway, Donald Trump’s campaign manager, walked away during an interview with CNN's Dana Bash Wednesday evening when she was repeatedly questioned over the Republican nominee’s refusal to commit to accept the results of the election.
Bash asked Conway if she was “disappointed” in Trump’s answer.
“I'm not disappointed in a thing tonight,” Conway replied. “I thought it was an amazing debate. And Donald Trump will accept the results of the election because he's going to win the election. So they'll be easy to accept. He won the debate tonight. Amazing performance. Getting back to all those core issues that really catapulted his campaign from the beginning, Dana, jobs, trade, immigration, the failed foreign policy.”
Kellyanne Conway, campaign manager for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, talks to reporters in the spin room after the third presidential debate at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Wednesday. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)
Bash continued to press Conway, asking, “You just told me he will accept the results. Why wouldn't he say that on the debate stage?”
Conway replied that “Al Gore contested the election” in 2000.
“I mean when he actually retracted his concession to George W. Bush,” Conway said. “He had called him—”
“But that's an extraordinary experience,” Bash interjected.
“Right, so we have extraordinary experiences,” Conway continued. “But you have to listen to everything he said. In fairness, he's talking about a rigged, corrupt system. Many Americans agree with that. He's talking about a system where people feel like insiders, like Hillary Clinton, and their moneyed cohorts get all the benefits on top of the fact that many in the media collude with them, conspire with them. Ninety-six percent of the donations from working journalists went to Hillary Clinton.”
Bash replied, "What you just said to me was that he will accept,” adding, “So what you're telling me is that on election night if he is sort of waffling, you, as his campaign manager, will say, ‘Mr. Trump’ — no matter what it is, I mean obviously it won't be a big deal if he wins, but if he doesn't you will say — ‘Mr. Trump this is what is going to happen, and you're going to accept these results’?”
Conway said that “absent evidence of widespread abuse and irregularities, yes, I would say that.”
“But I actually think I will be saying to him, ‘Congratulations, Mr. President.’ And I'll see you there. Two weeks,” Conway said.
When Bash attempted to ask her another question, Conway walked away.