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KEllyanne Conway joined Donald Trump’s orbit after Ted Cruz’s failed presidential bid and Paul Manafort exhausted his welcome. Trump’s White House was a snake pit. Like most Trump memoirs, Conway’s book revels in selective recall as well as settling scores. After all, she’s the woman who coined the term “alternative facts.”

Conway shoots Steve Bannon, Jared Kushner and Mark Meadows, Trump’s last chief of staff. His disdain is unvarnished, his tongue tart. His book? Readable.

Conway calls Bannon a “leaky blimp” and a “paternalistic, unpaternal annoyance of a boor”. It sounds its aesthetics and questions its stability. When faced with the possibility of Bannon receiving a presidential pardon, Conway says, she told him that Trump owed her nothing.

“You were a leaker,” she remembers saying. “You were terrible to [Trump] in the press… You were the sole source of at least two books full of lies.

He still got forgiveness.

Some who feel the Conway sting are very close to home. She drives a knife into her own husband, George, for trashing Trump and embarrassing her. Between the two men, Conway posits that Trump is the one who has remained loyal. She may want to reconsider. His book has inflamed Trump’s anger.

“I may have been the first person Donald Trump trusted in his inner circle who told him he missed out this time,” Conway writes, of the 2020 defeat Trump refused to admit. . But Trump deny she said such a thing.

“If she had, I wouldn’t have dealt with her anymore – she would have been wrong – I could have gone back to her crazy husband,” he “truthed” Thursday on his own ersatz Twitter , TruthSocial.

But Trump can’t say he wasn’t warned. Devil’s Market, At Joshua Green’s 2016 campaign expose captures Conway both bashing Trump’s chances and playing the sycophant.

In 2019, Cliff Sims, once a junior member of the White House staff, put it this way in his memoir, Team of Vipers: “Kellyanne was in a class of her own in terms of her machinations – I had to admire her nerve. .”

In Here’s the Deal, Kellyanne gently pedals Green but is much less charitable towards the Sims. She dwells on her departure from the White House, dismisses him as a lightweight and gloats that Trump is targeting him with a “hard” takedown on Twitter.

The Sims are not said to have played a significant role at the 2020 Republican convention, writing speeches for two Trump children. And whatever his sins, he was picked up by senior Trump officials even after he challenged a Trump-induced nondisclosure agreement in court.

On a bigger issue, Conway praises Bob Mercer and his daughter Rebekah, the conservative mega-donors who invested in Cambridge Analytica, the now-defunct psychographic profiling firm that was tied to Bannon.

Rebekah Mercer reportedly provided connective tissue for the Jan. 6 Uprising, via Parler. Conway omits these details. Unsurprisingly, she also ignores Bob Mercer’s tax troubles. In 2021, along with his business partners, Mercer reportedly reached a $7 billion settlement with the IRS.

Like many in Trumpworld, Conway hits out at Facebook for her role in the 2020 election. But she omits the connection between Mark Zuckerberg’s social media giant and Cambridge Analytica, in 2016 and beyond. The two companies shared more than a passing acquaintance.

Cambridge Analytica unlawfully collected personal data from Facebook. Conway blames Bannon for profiting from his investment in Cambridge Analytica but remains silent on Mercer ownership.

In 2016, the Cruz campaign spent over $5.8 million on Cambridge Analytica services. That same year, the firm’s invisible hand put sticky fingers on the Brexit scale. Last week, the Attorney General for the District of Columbia filed a lawsuit against Facebook in connection with the Cambridge Analytica data breach.

Here’s the Deal also contains its fair share of semi-veiled ethnic reductionism. Conway writes about how she “made bones” – a mob-origin term – during the Trump campaign in 2016. Elsewhere, she deploys “smart”, “shrewd” and “calculating” to describe Jared Kushner, the son-in-law of Trump who is Jewish. At the same time, she shares a desire to keep things “classic”.

Some realities cut too close to the bone. Despite acknowledging Trump’s loss in 2020, Conway is silent on his infamous post-election call with Brad Raffensperger, Georgia’s secretary of state, in which he sought to overturn Joe Biden’s victory.

“The people of Georgia are angry, the people of the country are angry,” Trump said. “And there’s nothing wrong with saying, you know, you recalculated.”

The only thing missing was that the president had told Raffensperger he was getting an offer he couldn’t refuse.

Unsurprisingly, Conway has few kind words for Biden. She recounts the disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan and rightly calls her administration inflationary. But she also blames the president for Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the Iranian threat of a nuclear breakout.

Hello, alternative facts. In February, Trump praised Vladimir Putin as smart and denigrated NATO. These days Putin is under siege and NATO is the club to join. It kind of escapes Conway’s notice.

As for Tehran, Axios reports that senior Israeli military officials now view Trump’s withdrawal from the nuclear deal as having “brought Iran closer to a nuclear weapon and created a worse situation.” An attempt to appease Trump’s base came at a cost.

Conway remains in the arena. Here’s the Deal doubles as an audition for a campaign slot in 2024. In Trumpworld, few are permanently banned. Conway should ask Steve Bannon. He could tell her some things.



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