White House chief strategist Steve Bannon gave an interview to The Atlantic, where he gave Kellyanne Conway credit for Donald Trump’s win, especially how she stood by Trump during the Access Hollywood video scandal.
“If Kellyanne had not been there when the firestorm hit, I don’t know if we would have made it. She literally became a cult figure during that time period, just because of her relentless advocacy for Trump on TV.”
Kellyanne, then Trump’s campaign manager, was a constant presence on cable news and radio after The Washington Post published the recording — off-camera remarks made during a taping of “Access Hollywood” in October.
In the now infamous recording, Trump is heard bragging about groping and kissing women without their consent and saying that he made sexual advances on a married woman. While calling Trump’s comments “indefensible,” Conway argued that Trump’s statements were only bluster.
Trump dismissed the 11-year-old tape as “locker room talk” which it WASN’T.