Kellyanne Conway speaks to media as she arrives at Trump Tower, Monday, Nov. 21, 2016 in New York. AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) (AP)

Kellyanne Conway doubles down on Mitt Romney criticism: Supporters would "feel betrayed"

As the Trump transition team tries to form a government, Kellyanne Conway keeps sniping from the sidelines


Matthew Rozsa
November 28, 2016 6:36PM (UTC)

Kellyanne Conway, former campaign manager to President-elect Donald Trump, is jumping on the anti-Mitt Romney bandwagon that has taken off ever since reports came out that Romney is being considered for secretary of state.

"I'm all for party unity, but I'm not sure we have to pay for that with the secretary of state position," Conway explained to CNN's Dana Bash on "State of the Union" on Sunday. "I'm hearing from people who say, 'Hey, my parents died penniless but I gave $216 to Donald Trump's campaign and I would feel betrayed [if Romney is nominated].'"

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During an interview on "Meet the Press" Sunday, Conway assured host Chuck Todd that she wasn't campaigning against Romney, but merely speaking out as a "concerned citizen."

Conway's criticism of Romney isn't occurring in a vacuum — last week, conservative stalwarts from Newt Gingrich to Mike Huckabee were equally vocal about their displeasure at the thought of Romney's appointment.

The criticism has reportedly irked Trump.

According to CNBC, Conway is "going rogue" with her comments Sunday. "Instead of driving Donald Trump's message, she's pushing her own agenda," a source was quoted as saying. Conway has responded to reports that the Trump campaign is furious with her by denouncing them as "sexist."

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This story has been updated to include Conway's accusation against MSNBC.


Matthew Rozsa

Matthew Rozsa is a breaking news writer for Salon. He holds an MA in History from Rutgers University-Newark and is ABD in his PhD program in History at Lehigh University. His work has appeared in Mic, Quartz and MSNBC.

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