Conway Says She’ll Talk To Trump About Turning His Supporters Against Press

Kellyanne Conway said Tuesday that she would speak to Donald Trump about his vitriol towards the press, which has escalated as the race winds down.

Insisting that some of the traveling press embedded with the Trump campaign cover his events unfairly, Conway told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer that she would address concerns about their safety with the GOP nominee.

“The working journalists who are traveling with them all the time—they go to all these rallies, they’re in this pen, he points to them—he sort of eggs the crowd on to go after them. There are a lot of young journalists,” Blitzer said.

“He shouldn’t be doing that. Can you talk to him and say to him ‘Mr. Trump, we only have a few days left. These are hardworking, young journalists and they deserve to have some security, if you will?’” he asked. “Because some of those Trump supporters get pretty nasty out there.”

“To your first point, yes, I will tell him that, and he’s probably watching right now,” she replied, adding that “85 to 90 percent” of the tweets of journalists traveling with the campaign are “negative toward Donald Trump.”

Embeds including NBC’s Katy Tur, CNN’s Sara Murray and Jim Acosta, BuzzFeed’s Rosie Gray, and others have spoken of having Trump supporters spit on them, follow them, scream at the press pen, hit them with signs, and key their car.

Blitzer told Conway he was concerned of the possibility of an “ugly incident involving reporters and Trump supporters.”

“It worries me every time I heard that, and I hear these stories from these journalists and they’re scared,” he said.

“I appreciate you saying that, and it will be conveyed. But they need to be fair,” Conway replied.

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