“Did you reprimand him for that and say to him: ‘Listen, why are you saying women are fat? Why are you calling women fat pigs?'” ABC’s “The View” co-host Joy Behar asked Kellyanne Conway during her appearance on the show on Thursday. “Did you say that to him?”
“Yes,” Conway said, adding that it’s “beside the point.”
“He gave that particular woman a second chance,” she said. “The company involved wanted her terminated.”
Trump has faced increased backlash for his comments about Alicia Machado, after Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton brought up the ex-Miss Universe winner at Monday’s debate when she said that Trump called her “Miss Piggy” and “Miss Housekeeping.”
Following that debate, an ad was released by the Clinton campaign that showed an interview of Machado recounting her experience with Trump, and clips of him with a video crew filming her exercising.
Trump doubled down the day after the debate, saying in an interview with “Fox&Friends” that Machado “gained a massive amount of weight, and it was a real problem.” On Wednesday he told Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly that said he “saved her job.”
Conway, who became Trump’s campaign manager in August, had been up to this point unflappable by attacks against him. However, the members of the panel—particularly Whoopi Goldberg—were relentless.
When the campaign manager repeatedly tried to pivot to Clinton’s record, panelist Whoopi Goldberg interrupted her, “No, we’re talking about Donald, baby, don’t change the subject.”
And later the panelist pressed Conway why Trump wouldn’t come on The View:
“It would have been nice if he had shown up because I noticed he goes to all the shows where the guys are,” Goldberg said. When Conway explained that he’s not in New York, Goldberg shot back, “Kellyanne, honey, I’m a New Yorker. Don’t B.S. a B.S.-er.”
Conway also found a hostile audience when she gave an interview to Fox News’s Megyn Kelly on Wednesday.
The campaign manager said that Trump was unfairly criticized after the debate and in ads that consisted of “a couple of comments he’s made over 25 years or so with respect to women.”
“Kellyanne, come on,” Kelly responded. “The ads that she’s running about him when it comes to his comments on women use his words.”
Kelly herself was part of a feud with Trump during the primaries after she confronted him on stage at a debate for calling women “fat pigs, dogs, slobs, disgusting animals” to which Trump interrupted and said, “Only Rosie O’Donnell.”
The two have since made up, and Kelly did an interview with Trump in May.