The hosts of MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough said during Monday’s broadcast that White House counselor Kellyanne Conway complained extensively about President Trump in private conversations with them before he was elected.
“She would get off the air, the camera would be turned off, the microphone would be taken off, and she would say ‘Blech, I need to take a shower,’ because she disliked her candidate so much,” Ms. Brzezinski said of Ms. Conway.
Joe Scarborough, Ms. Brzezinski’s co-host and fiancé, confirmed the statements, saying that Ms. Conway insinuated after being interviewed that she had only taken the job for money and that she would soon be done defending Mr. Trump.
When asked for comment by The New York Times, the White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Conway initially worked for a super PAC that supported Senator Ted Cruz’s presidential campaign during the 2016 republican primaries. She joined the Trump campaign after Mr. Cruz dropped out of the race and became Mr. Trump’s campaign manager in August of 2016, appearing frequently on television in support of him.
Brzezinski said in February that Ms. Conway would no longer be booked on the show because she and Mr. Scarborough had come to believe that the White House counselor was prone to spreading falsehoods. On the air last week, she renewed that criticism, calling Ms. Conway “not credible” and chiding CNN for featuring Ms. Conway.
“Your hosts look pained when they interview her because they know they’re just doing politics porn,” Ms. Brzezinski said, addressing the rival network.