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Former Trump counselor Kellyanne Conway continued to stay loyal to the president, defending his legacy and saying that Americans are “better off” because of him.
In the interview with HBO’s “Real Time” host Bill Maher on Friday, Conway condemned the “inexcusable” US Capitol siege on January 6 but said that the rioters did not represent most Trump supporters.
“I think that those marauders and murderers, I think that they insult, not represent, the whole Trump movement and that 74 million is not a base, it’s a large percentage of this country,” she told Maher.
Conway also expressed her “disappointed” at the fact that many of Trump’s accomplishments in the last four years have been overlooked, adding: “You can’t deny that many people are better off.”
To this, Maher fired back: “Well, they’re not better off now. A lot of them are dead.”
The TV host was referring to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, which has killed more than 395,000 Americans to date, according to a tracker by Johns Hopkins University.
“The real disappointment for people like me is that the last two months, let’s just say from 6 November to 6 January, weren’t spent mostly talking about the accomplishments, reviewing the accomplishments,” Conway continued. “He built the greatest economy we had.”
When asked whether or not she tried to communicate with President Trump during the riots, she responded: “I did get through to him. I’d said to the person standing next to them, ‘Please add my name to the chorus of people just saying, ‘You have to tell them to get out. I don’t know what they’re doing, why they’re there, but tell them to get out.”
Watch the interview below:
Conway announced last year that she was leaving the White House to spend more time with family. The news came days after her 16-year-old daughter, Claudia, told her social media followers that she was “pushing for emancipation.”
However, Conway still involved herself in politics, campaigning for Trump in November and the Republican candidates in two Senate runoffs in Georgia in January.
She admitted to Trump’s defeat on December 4 — a month after election day — saying in an interview that “it looks like Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will prevail.”
In the same interview, Conway also suggested she would work with the incoming Biden administration.
“If there’s anything I can ever do to help,” she said. “They can count on me.”