Kellyanne Conway and George Conway confirm their divorce


George and Kellyanne Conway – the GOP power couple whose marriage drew public attention when he became increasingly vocal in his criticism of the Trump White House, for which she worked as a senior adviser – are divorcing after 22 years, confirmed the couple late Saturday.

In a statement released on both theirs Twitter accountsDescribing the divorce as “amicable,” the Conways said they “cherish the many happy years (and four corgis) we shared, and most importantly, our four incredible children, who remain the heartbeat of our family and our number one priority.”

George Conway, 59, declined to comment further on the news, which was first reported by the New York Post. Kellyanne Conway, 56, texted a Washington Post reporter: “Be careful of the loose non-facts and guesswork.”

Kellyanne Conway, a veteran Republican pollster, joined Donald Trump’s presidential campaign in July 2016 and rose to campaign manager two months later. After following Trump to the White House, she became one of the most public faces of the administration through frequent TV news appearances – including one in which she defended a Trump spokesman’s false claims about record-breaking crowds at the inauguration as “alternative facts.”

As of 2018: She works for Trump. He can’t stand him. Such is life with Kellyanne and George Conway.

In 2001, she married George Conway, a prominent New York attorney who represented Paula Jones in her 1994 sexual molestation trial against President Bill Clinton. He initially supported the Trump campaign and later considered accepting a senior post in the administration.

But he quickly grew annoyed with the new president, and in March 2018 launched a series of heated criticisms of Trump on his Twitter account, which eventually amassed more than a million followers. He also accepted several prominent writing assignments, and this summer published a 3,473-word essay refuting Trump’s claim that Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s Russia probe was “unconstitutional.” In an October 2019 Atlantic commentary, he declared Trump incapacitated and questioned his sanity.

“I was angry with Never Trumpers for defying him and not giving him a chance,” George Conway stated in February 2020. “But their predictions about him turned out to be startlingly correct — maybe even an understatement of how bad he would be.”

Eventually, George Conway helped start the Lincoln Project, a political action committee formed by moderate Republicans with the goal of blocking Trump’s bid for re-election in 2020.

As public fascination with their marriage grew, some speculated that their political positioning was some sort of act — a way for the Conways to build a professional bridge across Washington’s partisan divide. But tensions within the family increased significantly, particularly after Claudia, the couple’s teenage daughter, drew attention to viral tweets and TikToks criticizing her parents and Trump.

In the summer of 2020, Kellyanne Conway said she would be stepping down from her role at the White House, citing the needs of her children. Her husband resigned from his work on the Lincoln project at the same time.

“We disagree on a lot,” Kellyanne Conway wrote in a statement at the time, “but we agree on what matters most: the kids.”

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But in her memoir Here’s the Deal, released in May, she revealed her anger and frustration at her husband’s decision to go public with his contempt for Trump.

“For the first time since George and I got serious, I considered the possibility that the man who always stood behind me might one day stab me with a knife,” she wrote. “Was that too unlikely to consider?”

She added: “I had already said publicly what I had said to George privately: that his daily barrage of tweeting insults against my boss — or, as he sometimes put it, ‘the people of the White House’ — hurt ours Marriage vows to love, honor and cherish one another.” She wrote, as her husband’s social media following grew, “the flood of response and attention he received seemed magnetic and irresistible.”

People who spoke to George Conway at the time said he was upset by what she wrote and that it added tension to an already rocky relationship.

After initial reports of the couple’s split surfaced, Trump weighed in on Truth Social early Saturday morning, writing: “Congratulations to Kellyanne Conway on her DIVORCE from her crazy husband, Mr. Kellyanne Conway. Free at last, she finally got rid of the disgusting albatross around her neck. She’s a great person and will now be free to live the life she deserves… and it’s going to be a great life without the utterly unattractive loser by her side!”

“I look forward to seeing you at the E. Jean trial in New York next month! Hugs and kisses,” George Conway replied, citing author E. Jean Carroll’s rape and defamation case against Trump, which is scheduled to go to trial in April.

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