Arrow-right Camera

The Spokesman-Review Newspaper The Spokesman-Review

Monday, October 26, 2020  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
Partly Cloudy Night 16° Partly Cloudy
News >  Nation/World

Trump campaign manager accuses lawmakers of sexual harassment

By Bridget Bowman Tribune News Service

WASHINGTON - Donald Trump’s campaign manager Kellyanne Conway accused some unnamed members of Congress of sexual harassment Sunday night, after a slew of GOP lawmakers withdrew their support for Trump after footage revealed him making lewd comments regarding his advances towards women.

“I would talk to some of the members of Congress there when I was younger and prettier, them rubbing against girls, sticking their tongues down women’s throats who were uninvited, didn’t like it,” Conway said on an interview on MSNBC after Sunday night’s presidential debate.

“You’re saying ‘yeah’ cause you know it’s true,” Conway told MSNBC’s Chris Matthews.

“And some of them, by the way, are on the list of people who won’t support Donald Trump ’cause they all ride around on their high horse,” she added.

Conway did not name any members.

Conway said Trump’s remarks in the tape from 2005, where he described being able to grab women by their genitals, were “disgusting and offensive.” She said Trump apologized for the remarks.

“He said it’s locker room banter. … Let me just explain to you as somebody who works with him, who knows him well and who has been alone with him many times. He is very gracious. He’s a gentleman. I’ve never experienced that conduct.”

Conway doubled down on her accusations against members of Congress in a separate interview with Fox News’ Megyn Kelly.

“There are members of Congress, current and former, who have rubbed up against women and who have put their tongues in their mouths uninvited,” Conway said. “Maybe when I was younger and prettier that may have happened to me.”

“In other words, these people on their high horses are accusing him of being this awful person,” she said. “And really the words I think that were most harmful is when everybody is running around saying, ‘He’s condoning sexual assault.’ No he’s not.”

Kelly sided with Conway’s take on members of Congress as she concluded the interview, saying, “One of these days I’m going to have you back. We’re going to talk about those losers in Congress.”

Conway responded, “Yes let’s do that.”

And then Kelly added: “We’ll out them. And we’ll work on them next.”

Conway continued “We can name them and shame them. Yeah guys. Shouldn’t have done it.”

The Spokesman-Review Newspaper

Local journalism is essential.

Give directly to The Spokesman-Review's Northwest Passages community forums series -- which helps to offset the costs of several reporter and editor positions at the newspaper -- by using the easy options below. Gifts processed in this system are not tax deductible, but are predominately used to help meet the local financial requirements needed to receive national matching-grant funds.

Subscribe to the Coronavirus newsletter

Get the day’s latest Coronavirus news delivered to your inbox by subscribing to our newsletter.

New health insurance plans available Nov. 1 through Washington Healthplanfinder

 (Photo courtesy WAHBE)

Fall means the onset of the cold and flu season.