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MSNBC hosts claim Kellyanne Conway secretly hates Donald Trump
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MSNBC hosts claim Kellyanne Conway secretly hates Donald Trump

MSNBC "Morning Joe" hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski declared Monday that President Donald Trump's top counselor, Kellyanne Conway, told them that she was disgusted by Trump and that she spoke negatively of her boss during his presidential campaign.

Lambasting Conway, Scarborough and Brzezinski explored Conway's recent resurgence in the news and slammed her for lecturing the White House press corps on being truthful.

In a clip featured on the show, Conway spoke with Fox News' Howard Kurtz, who asked her take on the media coverage of Trump's firing of former FBI Director James Comey.

"What do you make of some of this language that has really ratcheted up, and covering this ... admittedly important story?" he asked.

Conway answered, "It's irresponsible, and it's conjecture and it's opinion — it's people passing themselves off as news reporters when they're expressing their opinions."

After the clip concluded, Scarborough said, "She went on talking about they should just state the facts and tell the truth. Well — I wonder whether Kellyanne should hold herself to the same standards."

The hosts then played a series of clips that appeared to show Conway making up facts during interviews and "shilling" for the president:

"This is a woman, by the way, who came on our show during the campaign and would shill for Trump in ... extensive fashion, and then she would get off the air, the camera would be turned off, the microphone would be taken off and she would say, ‘Blech, I need to take a shower,’ because she disliked her candidate so much," Brzezinski said following the Conway montage.

"[She] also said ... it was very interesting, also said, that 'This is just like my summer in Europe," Scarborough said, while Brzezinski interrupted and noted that Conway insinuated that she was "just doing this for the money."  

"I'll be off this soon," Scarborough continued, paraphrasing Conway. "I don't know if she ever said 'I'm doing this for the money,' [but] 'This is just my summer vacation,' my summer in Europe, and basically, I'm just gonna get through this."

Brzezinski piped in, "'But first I have to take a shower because it feels so dirty saying what I'm saying.' I guess she's just used to it now."

Scarborough said that he found it interesting that after the release of the "Access Hollywood" tape in which Trump was recorded talking about grabbing women "by the p***y" emerged, Conway started to refer to Trump as her "client."

"'My client,' " Scarborough said. "Separating 'I don't believe in this guy; he's just my client, it's just a fake.'"

"Morning Joe" barred Conway from appearing on the show in February after Brzezinski revealed that she felt Conway "struggled to be on the same page" as other members of the White House staff. This apparent lack of consistency led Brzezinski to take Conway less seriously and to doubt the credibility of the president's counselor.

“We know for a fact she tries to book herself on this show," Brzezinski said in February. "I won’t do it because I don’t believe in fake news or information that is not true. Every time I’ve ever seen her on television, something’s askew, off or incorrect.”

Brzezinski then reiterated her position on banning Conway from the show.

“Kellyanne Conway does not need to text our show as long as I’m on it. It’s not happening here,” she said.

In March, Brzezinski was featured in an interview with Variety, where she doubled down on her remarks about banning Conway from the show and urged other media outlets to follow suit.

"I feel even more so that everyone should ban her," Brzezinski told Variety. "I’m surprised that these little acrobatic games are played with her on live national television. I think it denigrates what we do. It’s clear she doesn’t bring anything to the table. It’s clear she doesn’t know exactly what she’s talking about. It’s clear she’s making it up as she goes along. "

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