On the evening prior to Inauguration Day, President-elect Donald Trump gathered with his family, friends, cabinet, transition team and many others at Washington, D.C’S Union Station for a celebratory dinner.
The business mogul took the opportunity to address the crowd and invited his former campaign manager Kellyanne Conway onto the stage to acknowledge her support.
“Stephen [Bannon], and Hope[Hicks], and Cory[Lewandowski],” Trump said, before mentioning Conway’s name.
“And I see my Kellyanne, oh Kellyanne, come here, come here, come here Kellyanne. Get up here. Come here Kellyanne. She’s been so great,” the president-elect said as the crowd broke out in cheers and applause.
As Conway got up on stage, Trump kissed her on the cheek and then on the hand.
“There is no den that she will not go into. When my men are petrified to go on a certain network I say, ‘Kellyanne will you go?’ Then she gets on and she just destroys them. So anyway, thank you, baby. Thank you. Thank you,” Trump told crowd.
Neither Trump nor Conway elaborated on which network his men were “petrified to go on” but the business mogul could have been hinting at CNN, considering he recently called them “fake news” at a press conference and refused to entertain Jim Acosta.
Conway who will be celebrating her 50th birthday on Inauguration Day has become the first woman to successfully run a presidential campaign. However, despite achieving the milestone, her unabashed defense of Trump’s bigotry and sexism has earned her a lot of (well-deserved) criticism.
Just this week, she was referred to as “Soulless, machiavellian despot” and “spokes cobra” by Samantha Bee.
Trump and Conway’s on stage exchange was cringe-worthy to say the least. Check it out for yourself in the video above.
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