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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Conway, Kelly clash over Trump’s use of personal insults

By Lisa Hagen - 08-22-16 22:47 PM EDT

Donald Trump's new campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, defended the GOP nominee Monday night, saying he doesn't lob insults unless he's prompted.

"He doesn't do it without being attacked first," Conway said during an interview on Fox News's "The Kelly File."

This comes one day after an interview on ABC's "This Week" in which Conway said flat-out that Trump doesn't hurl personal insults.

Conway, a former supporter of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), criticized Trump earlier this year for doing just that and using "vulgar" language.

Fox's Megyn Kelly, who was been the subject of Trump's personal insults earlier in the cycle, on pointed to his most recent insult - from earlier on Monday, when he tweeted that MSNBC "Morning Joe" co-host Mika Brzezinski is "off the wall, a neurotic and not very bright mess." She also noted that he's called other female broadcasters "crazy."

"But not unprompted, meaning I don't like personal insults, I don't like them only because I'm mother of four young children, I'd be a hypocrite if I liked them," Conway said.

"He felt like he was being attacked," Conway said referring to Brzezinski.

But Conway said the campaign should focus on Trump's matchup against Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

"If it's up to me, he's in a tennis match with Hillary Clinton, he's lobbing and shooting aces at her all day long," she said. "We don't pick a fight with the ref, we don't boo the crowd because we're absolutely back in Hillary Clinton's head."

Kelly has been in the crosshairs of Trump's insults in the past. He made a comment that stoked their feud earlier this year, about Kelly's time as moderator of a GOP primary debate, "You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes. Blood coming out of her - wherever."

For the first time in his campaign, Trump expressed regret for his inflammatory rhetoric "particularly where it may have caused personal pain" during last week's speech in North Carolina following a major staff shakeup and a rough couple of weeks for the real estate mogul.

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