Donald Trump’s campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, defended her boss after Sunday night’s debate by leaving the door open to abandoning the campaign.
“You’re with the campaign till the bitter end?” MSNBC personality Chris Matthews asked.
“I’m with the campaign till the bitter end,” Conway responded. “Unless…”
After an awkward pause, Conway tried to recover.
“I’m sitting here as his campaign manager. I’m sitting here with you in the debate hall where he performed beautifully.”
“You’re worried about more shoes dropping,” Matthews declared.
“I didn’t say that. No, no, no. I’ve made a commitment.”
Presidential campaign managers almost never suggest any possibility that they might be interested in leaving their campaign. Conway’s words raised some eyebrows, especially since several prominent Republicans have repudiated Trump following the Friday release of a 2005 video in which he boasted about his ability to “grab” women “by the pussy.”
After multiple MSNBC commentators noted the significance of Conway’s “unless,” the network had Conway back on to clarify her comments.
“It’s unless someone in my household needs me,” she said by way of explanation.
Conway also said that some unspecified members of Congress who refuse to endorse Trump “ride around on a high horse.”
The campaign manager said she remembered these same lawmakers “rubbing up against girls” and “sticking their tongues down women’s throats.”
Editor’s note: Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a serial liar, rampant xenophobe, racist, misogynist and birther who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims — 1.6 billion members of an entire religion — from entering the U.S.