Kellyanne Conway accuses congressmen of lewd behavior

Campaign manager Kellyanne Conway for U.S. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks to the media at Trump Tower in the Manhattan borough of New York, U.S., August 17, 2016. 

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Donald Trump’s campaign manager Kellyanne Conway suggested Sunday night that members of Congress are being hypocritical in their condemnation of Donald Trump because they’ve engaged in sexual harassment themselves.

In an interview with MSNBC’s Chris Matthews, Conway repeated Trump’s description of his lewd comments from 2005 as “locker room banter.”

“Let me just explain to you as somebody who works for him and knows him well and has been alone with him many times. He is very gracious. He’s a gentleman. I’ve never experienced that conduct,” she said.

“I would talk to some of the members of Congress out there ... when I was younger and prettier, them rubbing up against girls -- sticking their tongues down women’s throats who -- uninvited, who didn’t like it,” she said. “Yeah, you’re saying, ‘Yeah,’ because you know it was true,” she added.

Conway said that some of those lawmakers are on the list of people who now won’t support Trump because “they all ride around on a high horse.”

While she made the accusation, she didn’t call out any members of Congress by name who’ve behaved this way.

Since the video of Trump surfaced Friday, 29 Republicans have called for Trump to drop out of the presidential race and 44 Republicans have condemned his remarks from 11 years ago, according to a running count by CBS News.

House Republicans and members of the Republican National Committee (RNC) are convening separate conference calls Monday amid the fallout following the leak of a 2005 video showing Donald Trump making lewd comments about women.

  • Rebecca Shabad

    Rebecca Shabad is a video reporter for CBS News Digital.