Donald Trump considered quitting his first run for the presidency after the notorious recording about him grabbing women surfaced a month before the election, Kellyanne Conway writes in her upcoming book, which was obtained by the Each day Beast.
The videotape of a chat with “Access Hollywood” host Billy Bush in 2005 captured Trump boasting that he could get away with anything with 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 don’t even wait,” Trump said on tape. “If you’re a star, they allow you to do it. You may do anything. Grab ’em by the pussy. You may do anything.”
He also boasted about one women that he “moved on her,” and about one other: “I moved on her like a bitch.”
Following an uproar over his comments, Trump shrugged them off as merely “locker-room banter.” He also said on the time there was “zero likelihood” he’d quit the presidential race due to the outrage and controversy.
But Conway, who would soon turn into a White House aide, reportedly wrote in her memoir, “Here’s the Deal,” due out Tuesday, that she and Trump met in Trump Tower the night of Oct. 8, 2016, after the recording surfaced, to debate his future, in line with the Each day Beast.
Trump explained that he had seen reports that the GOP “could force him off the ticket or hold a vote to expel him” due to the comments.
“Should I get out” of the race? Trump reportedly asked Conway.
Conway told Trump he couldn’t quit, “unless you desire to forfeit and throw the entire rattling thing to Hillary,” she reportedly recounts within the book.
He was still anxious, in line with Conway, asking: “Will I lose? Will we lose? Can we still win?”
Conway claims within the book that she told Trump his comments were “reprehensible,” in line with the Each day Beast. Yet, publicly, she was completely dismissive of the appalling remarks — and offended that many noted the long run president was bragging about what seemed like sexual assault.