Now ex-President Donald Trump, along with the vast majority of Republican voters and lawmakers these days, have long liked to act as though the infamous Access Hollywood tapes simply weren’t that big a deal, and still aren’t. It was just some innocent “locker room talk,” a bit of “boys will be boys,” if you will.
But as it turns out, according to one of Donald’s own closest insiders from his 2016 campaign days as well as his presidential administration as a whole, Trump came this close to actually dropping out of the 2016 presidential race altogether over that notorious “grab them by the p***y” remark.
A new excerpt from former Trump advisor Kellyanne Conway’s upcoming book obtained and reported on by The Daily Beast, now reveals that then-candidate Donald Trump was actually terrified that the Republican party “could force him off the ticket or hold a vote to expel him” overly the then-newly-exposed, disgusting tapes that were leaked just a month or so before the election.
In her book, Here’s The Deal, Kellyanne Conway, who served as Donald Trump’s campaign manager during his 2016 run, recalls a crisis meeting she participated in with her then-boss when the bombshell tapes went public.
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Conway writes that on October 8, 2016, just one day after the decades-old tapes were released, Trump asked, “Should I get out [of the race]?”
Kellyanne claims to have told the then-candidate that he “actually can’t” drop out “unless you want to forfeit and throw the whole damn thing to Hillary.”
(Just a not-so-gentle reminder here that Trump lost the popular vote in the 2016 election to Hilary Clinton.)
Conway says Trump “fired back” at her, demanding to know, “What do you mean, I can’t?”
The then-campaign manager writes that she tried to reason with Trump in the midst of the crisis by telling him it was just too late to drop out of the race, as election day was just around the corner and early voting had already begun.
“I know you don’t like to lose…but I also know you don’t like to quit,” Conway claims to have told Trump, going to further prove to us how pathetically fragile his ego really is.
“Will I lose? Will we lose? Can we still win?” Trump allegedly asked.
Conway goes on to claim in her new memoir that she ripped Trump a new one over the tapes, dubbing his remarks “disgusting” and “reprehensible.” Of course, that’s difficult for anyone to buy, given her repeated defense of Trump’s nasty remarks in public.
Kellyanne’s recounting of Trump’s private reaction to the tapes certainly stands in stark contrast to Donald’s public response as well, given that Trump publicly stated on the same day as this allegedly meeting with Conway, that there was “zero chance I’ll quit” and “I never, ever give up.”
He also took to his now-suspended Twitter account that same day and wrote: “The media and establishment want me out of the race so badly – I WILL NEVER DROP OUT OF THE RACE, WILL NEVER LET MY SUPPORTERS DOWN!”
The bombshell, decades-old hot mic audio recordings from a conversation with Access Hollywood host Billy Bush were released to the public on October 7, 2016, and featured Donald Trump openly bragging: “You know I’m automatically attracted to beautiful—I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything. Grab ’em by the p***y. You can do anything.”
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