On June 5, 2017, Kellyanne Conway was in the East Room of the White House when Sean Spicer lunged at her.
“Did you know about that?” Spicer asked. He held up his phone. Twitter was open. On the screen was a tweet from her husband George.
“It’s not possible,” Conway said, recalling in her memoir Here’s The Deal (Threshold Editions), out today. “George doesn’t tweet.”
Within seconds, Conway realized that not only was George actually tweeting, but he had also attacked her boss, President Donald Trump, for tweets that would complicate matters for the attorney general’s office, which was trying to defend its ban on travel to certain Muslim countries .
“These tweets might make some people feel better, but they certainly won’t help OSG get 5 votes in SCOTUS, which actually counts. Sad”, George wrote.
As Conway tried unsuccessfully to call and text George, questions swirled in her mind: Why did George do it? Why hadn’t he told her before? “And,” she writes, “was that tweet really posted by my Trump-loving, MAGA-cap-wearing husband, George Conway?”
The couple, who married in 1998 and have four children: twins Claudia and George IV, Charlotte and Vanessa, have always had a strong relationship, she believes. Her husband George, a lawyer and conservative political activist, was usually quiet and reserved, she writes.
But “for the first time since George and I got serious, I thought about the possibility that the man who had always had my back might one day stab me in the knife,” she writes.
Conway, who became the first woman in American politics to win a presidential campaign when Trump won in 2016 and later became the president’s senior counselor, writes unabashedly about marriage, motherhood and a front-row seat in one of the most colorful administrations in the US -Story.
After his first tweet condemning Trump in 2017, George’s subsequent posts have been mostly harmless. Then, in the spring of 2018, George and Conway were invited to dinner at the home of Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, with whom she had a strained relationship.
“Despite the regular practice of Jared ignoring me or putting ice on me,” Conway thought, “the invitation to dinner could only be positive.”
Over the meal, they discussed “urgent legislative action, the midterms and the distant election of the President” in 2020, while her husband George remained silent and shrugged when occasionally asked for his opinion, she writes.
A week after dinner, George unleashed on Twitter — and never stopped.
He cited Trump’s idea of considering pardons for two ex-aides”amazing‘ and agreed with one reporter’s observation that White House officials who speak for the President are in a difficult position because Trump so often says one thing but does the other.
“So true,” he wrote in a now-deleted post. “It’s absurd. Because of that, people are banging on the doors to become his communications director.”
“Oh no I thought here we go again,” Conway wrote of her reaction to his tweetstorm. Although she often asked George why he was raging on Twitter, he simply didn’t answer.
Soon after, Ivanka Trump gave Conway a Post-It note with “the names of two local doctors who specialize in couples therapy.”
“I noticed that she avoided texting or emailing that. I appreciated the information and your thoughtfulness and wanted to follow up on it,” writes Conway. “After I showed George the names, he declined one and half-heartedly said ‘okay’ to the other while looking at his phone. We never went.”
Then, on July 3, 2019, they were at their beach house on the Jersey Shore when she turned to her husband and calmly told him what she was thinking.
“You are the only person in this world with whom I took vows on an altar in the Basilica Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul in Philadelphia before God, our loved ones and five priests,” she recalls. “You’re the only person in this world I’ve borne four children to.”
George looked dazed, but she went ahead and said he was the only person who had to make a choice. “You can see me primarily as your 18-year-old wife and mother of your four children, or you can see me primarily as President Donald Trump’s senior counselor. When you wake up every morning, you have to choose how you see me.”
“George,” she added, “how do you see me?”
She writes that Conway, without making eye contact, yelled, “You ruined yourself and embarrassed this family.”
Conway shot back: “I have embarrassing this family? You left me for Twitter and she’s not even hot.”
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