White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said Monday that James Comey “swung” the 2016 presidential election, seemingly meaning President Donald Trump wouldn't have beaten Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton without the former FBI director's controversial actions days before the election.
“This guy swung an election, he thought the wrong person would win,” Conway told ABC's George Stephanopoulos while discussing Sunday night's highly anticipated interview with Comey.
“His people in his household wanted the other person to win,” Conway added.
Conway also noted that Comey said in Sunday's interview that he, like many Americans, believed the polls that suggested Clinton would win.
But ultimately, many on the left continue to blame the fired FBI director for swinging the election in Trump's favor when he released a statement days out from Election Day announcing the re-opening of the investigation into the Democratic nominee's emails.
Many online jumped on Conway's comments Monday morning, saying she admitted that “Trump wouldn’t have won without the Comey.”
Whoa. Kellyanne seems to say Trump wouldn’t have won without the Comey announcement 11 days out. https://t.co/wxeLugXlYx
— Bill Kristol (@BillKristol) April 16, 2018
Kellyanne Conway on James Comey: “This guy swung an election.” 🤔 pic.twitter.com/Fmmz7Bf1GB
— Michael Skolnik (@MichaelSkolnik) April 16, 2018
Kellyanne Conway just said that James Comey: "swung an election.”
I’m confused. Isn’t this an admittance of the fact that Hillary would have won if it weren’t for Comey, or is Kellyanne just drunk?
— Ed Krassenstein 💎 (@EdKrassen) April 16, 2018
Shortly after the long-time Trump advisor's comments began to make the rounds online, Conway slammed the backlash as “misleading,” and attempted to reshape her argument as one doubting Comey's ability to swing an election.
This misleading headline should include an eye roll and question mark. Point I made on 3 shows is that we are supposed to believe THIS guy swung an election? I don't think so. Kellyanne Conway slams Comey: 'This guy swung an election' - ABC News https://t.co/f0GdDE6Tvd
— Kellyanne Conway (@KellyannePolls) April 16, 2018
“Point I made on 3 shows is that we are supposed to believe THIS guy swung an election? I don't think so. Kellyanne Conway slams Comey: 'This guy swung an election,'” she tweeted.