Donald Trump’s new campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, claimed Sunday that the GOP presidential nominee does not personally insult people.
George Stephanopoulos, host of ABC News’ “This Week,” showed Conway a series of video clips of her attacking Trump while she was supporting Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) during the primary. (Conway ran a super PAC backing Cruz’s candidacy.)
In one of the excerpts, Conway said she was not backing Trump because he “hurls personal insults.”
Asked whether she stood by her remarks, Conway interpreted the question to be about whether she continues to be against personal insults as a matter of principle, not whether she maintains her criticism of Trump.
“I do and the reason is I don’t like when people hurl personal insults,” she said. “That will never be my style, I’m a mother of four small children, it would be a terrible example for me to feel otherwise.”
Conway went on to deny that Trump engages in that behavior despite her past assertions to the contrary.
“Well, but he doesn’t hurl personal insults,” she said, before changing the subject to Trump’s pitch to African-Americans earlier this week.
Conway also walked back her insistence that Trump release his tax returns, a demand she made in one of the video clips Stephanopoulos aired.
“I’ve learned since being on the inside that this audit is a serious matter,” she said. “He has said that when the audit is complete, he will release his tax returns.”