Donald Trump considers quitting his first run for president after infamous recordings about women grabbing hold a month before the election, writes Kellyanne Conway in her upcoming book, obtained by The Daily Beast.
In 2005 a videotape of a chat with “Access Hollywood” host Billy Bush caught Trump saying he could do anything to women because he was the star of the “Apprentice” reality TV series.
“I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I can’t even wait,” Trump said on the tape. “When you’re a star, they let you do that. You can do anything. Catch them by the cat. You can do anything.”
He also boasted about one woman that he “went on her,” and about another: “I went on her like a bitch.”
After an uproar over his comments, Trump simply shrugged them off as “locker-room banter.” He also said that there was “zero chance” at the time that he would quit the presidential race due to resentment and controversy.
But Conway, who would soon become a White House aide, reportedly wrote in her memoir, “Here the Deal,” due Tuesday, that she and Trump met at Trump Tower on the night of October 8, 2016. , when the recording surfaced, according to the Daily Beast, to discuss his future.
Trump explained that he had seen reports that the GOP could “force him off the ticket or vote to expel him” because of the comments.
“Should I drop out of the race”? Trump reportedly asked Conway.
Conway told Trump he couldn’t leave, “unless you want to completely confiscate Hillary,” she reportedly explains in the book.
According to Conway, he was still concerned, asking: “Will I lose? Will we lose? Can we still win?”
According to the Daily Beast, Conway claims in the book that he told Trump that his remarks were “reprehensible.” Still, publicly, she was dismissive of the utterly horrific comments — and was furious that many noted that the future president was bragging about what seemed like sexual assault.