Things got heated during Kellyanne Conway’s interview on CNN’s Sunday morning broadcast of “State of the Union.”
Host Jake Tapper first broached the subject of the Saturday Donald Trump rally, during which the Republican nominee was ushered off stage by his Secret Service detail.
Tapper stated that Donald Trump Jr. and social media director Dan Scavino had retweeted since debunked rumors that the incident was a failed assassination attempt before asking Conway, “why is your campaign spreading that it was?”
“How do you — first of all, that’s really remarkable, I have to say, that that’s what the story line is here,” Conway shot back at Tapper. “Thank you for reminding everybody that the rain chased her away. There weren’t a lot of people there at her rally to begin with, and the rain left them running for cover.”
“I think she has to sort of travel nonstop with Beyonce, Jay-Z and the likes that have to prop up the crowd. They’re there to see Beyonce, not her.”
Conway then turned her ire on Tapper and his employer.
“You know, Jake, is CNN going to retract all the headlines, all the breathless predictions of the last two weeks that have turned out not to be true?” she asked. “The race is over. The path is closed. It’s going to be a blowout. You guys retract that, and I’ll give a call to Dan Scavino about the retweet.”
“I have never reported anything along those lines –” Tapper began to say before Conway interrupted him.
“CNN certainly has. CNN certainly has,” she exclaimed. “I love CNN, but you have to be honest here. The lower third, what’s always on the chyrons. The panelists, so-called experts constantly saying ‘she can’t lose. The race is over. The path is narrowed.’ You know I have to thank you in part.”
“I have never heard anybody say that,” Tapper said in defense of the network. “All along we have been saying that Donald Trump has a path to the presidency.”
“CNN? Wow!” Conway joked.
“You can say wow all you want,” Tapper shot back. “I have never said the race is over.”