Kellyanne Conway says Trump Jr. twirled her in the air after Hillary conceded in 2016

In her new memoir Here’s the Deal, former Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway related that immediately after Hillary Clinton conceded to Donald Trump, his son Donald Trump Jr. picked her up and whirled her around exuberantly, according to Yahoo News. 

“The instant the phone was out of my hand and into Donald Trump’s, Don Jr. picked me up and twirled me in the air,” she wrote. “We could overhear his father graciously complimenting his Democratic opponent …. He said he hoped he could rely on her to help in the days and months ahead.”

The anecdote speaks of the campaign’s almost disbelief that Trump had won the presidency after he had seemed like the underdog the entire campaign.

“We had defied the odds, denied the critics. Life changed in a flash,” she wrote of the historic and somewhat unexpected victory.

The scene

Trump pulled out his victory mainly by flipping the previously blue and swing states of Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania, but was not able to repeat that victory in 2020.

Conway relayed the scene as it unfolded just after the Associated Press called the race for Trump on election night.

After the announcement, one of then-New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s sons told Conway the phone was ringing.

“It was Huma Abedin, Hillary’s closest aide and confidante and vice-chair of her presidential campaign,” Conway wrote. “Huma certainly had expected to speak with me this evening, though she never in her wildest dreams imagined she’d be the one making the concession call.”

“Trump and his family were in the corner, just a few feet away,” she continued. “I walked the phone toward them. ‘Be quiet, everyone!’ I shrieked, needing to make our euphoria official, as I handed Trump my phone.”


“Hillary wants to speak with you,” she told Trump. “Congratulations, Mr. President-elect.” It was at that point Don Jr. twirled her in the air.

She said Trump was gracious to Clinton during the call. “We could overhear his father graciously complimenting his Democratic opponent,” she wrote. “He said he hoped he could rely on her to help in the days and months ahead.”

Instead, Clinton did everything she could to torpedo Trump, including participating in leaks of false information to the press that cause Trump to be investigated for colluding with Russia under false pretenses.

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