President-elect Donald Trump's campaign manager is at the center of some post-election controversy following comments she made about former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney during the Sunday talk shows yesterday.
According to the Trump transition team (and Trump himself), Romney is under serious consideration for the secretary of state post. Conway allegedly ruffled feathers within the transition team when she stated repeatedly on air that many of Trump's earliest supporters would be furious about a Romney nomination, given the former Massachusetts governor's strident anti-Trump rhetoric over the course of the last year.
MSNBC's "Morning Joe" panel reported as much this morning and further reported that, according to top sources in the Trump campaign, Conway was frustrated because she was being frozen out of Trump's inner circle. Trump himself was reported to be upset that Conway had repeatedly bragged about her ability to manipulate and control Trump. During the show, Conway fired off a response to host Joe Scarborough, accusing the panel of "sexist" reporting. Scarborough and company took exception to that characterization, noting that Conway's decision to publicly criticize a potential nominee during the vetting process was "unprecedented."
Scarborough: I'm not sure how that reporting is sexist, because those were sources at the top of the campaign. Is she suggesting that the people—
Brzezinski: Well, she also says that she can get any job she wants—
Scarborough: But, I wanna know, is she suggesting that the people she's working with, the three people at the top of the Trump transition team ... are sexist? ... I don't understand what — why are they sexist for saying this?
Mark Halperin: I believe that, if Reince Priebus had done what she did, people would be raising the same questions, and as best I know, he's not a woman. But she's—
Scarborough: Anything sexist about this?
Ari Fleischer: No. Of course, it's unprecedented.
Scarborough: So she's saying, it's sexist.
Halperin: Even if you believe the people who say that Trump is in on this and that she went out with his full authorization to say this for some complicated reason, it's still unprecedented, and it still sends a really bad message.
Scarborough: Well, Donald Trump — at least according to people at the top of the campaign closest to Donald Trump are saying he was furious, and certainly he would not approve somebody saying they betrayed their supporters.
Conway was widely credited for bringing much-needed message discipline to the Trump campaign at a critical time, but from the moment she was brought on, whispers began to emerge from inside the Trump campaign that some were irritated at the amount of credit Conway claimed for shaping Trump.
Tweets like this one, posted during the middle of the third and final presidential debate, rankled many Trump operatives because they suggested that Conway was trying to take credit for everything good Trump did while avoiding blame for his mistakes:
--- > https://t.co/hE5b2ghYjN— Kellyanne Conway (@Kellyanne Conway)1476927148.0
The Trump campaign has not officially commented on the record about these discussions.