Lincoln Project co-founder George ConwayGeorge Thomas ConwayRaccoon that 'attacked' news crews on White House lawn sparks viral jokes George and Kellyanne Conway honor Ginsburg Lincoln Project releases new ad blasting Trump as 'a horrible role model' MORE said in an interview done before he took a leave of absence from the group that the Trump presidency was akin to “a practical joke that got out of hand.”

Conway announced Sunday he was leaving the group just as his wife, White House counselor Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Elizabeth ConwayBillboard warns Trump's Iowa rally will be 'superspreader event' White House Halloween to be 'modified' to meet CDC guidelines: report Minnesota health officials connect COVID-19 cases to Trump, Biden campaign events MORE, announced that she would be leaving her position at the end of the month. The two indicated they wanted to focus more on their family.

In the interview conducted earlier, George Conway, a vocal critic of President TrumpDonald John TrumpPolice say man dangling off Trump Tower Chicago demanding to speak with Trump Fauci says he was 'absolutely not' surprised Trump got coronavirus after Rose Garden event Biden: Trump 'continues to lie to us' about coronavirus MORE's, said he voted for him in 2016 and strongly considered the administration’s offer to head up the Justice Department’s civil division, as first reported by the Daily Beast.

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“Donald Trump wasn’t my first choice among the Republican nominees, but I was hopeful that he would calm down and get better as time went on," Conway said in an interview for the documentary “#Unfit.”

“The problem was, once he got into the supreme position of power, he lost some of his incentive to be disciplined. And I’m thinking at this point in time: What’s wrong with him? Donald Trump is like a practical joke that got out of hand.”

In the interview, Conway describes being fully convinced Trump was a racist after the president tweeted that Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOVERNIGHT ENERGY: EPA may violate courts with new rule extending life of unlined coal ash ponds | Trump reverses course, approving assistance for California wildfires | Climate change, national security among topics for final Trump-Biden debate Biden distances himself from Green New Deal during town hall Ocasio-Cortez, progressives call on Senate not to confirm lobbyists or executives to future administration posts MORE (D-N.Y.), Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyOcasio-Cortez, progressives call on Senate not to confirm lobbyists or executives to future administration posts Pocan won't seek another term as Progressive Caucus co-chair Black Boston jogger stopped by ICE agents, prompting outcry from local officials: 'Outrageous' MORE (D-Mass.), Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibOcasio-Cortez, progressives call on Senate not to confirm lobbyists or executives to future administration posts Pocan won't seek another term as Progressive Caucus co-chair Kamala Harris's facial expressions during debate go viral MORE (D-Mich.) and Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarKamala Harris and the stereotypes we place on Black women Pocan won't seek another term as Progressive Caucus co-chair Is Trump a better choice for Jewish voters than Biden? MORE (D-Minn.) should “go back” to where they came from. All four women are U.S. citizens and all but Omar were born in the U.S.

Conway, whose mother was Filipino, compared the attacks to similar ones he said were levied against her.

“What he said about those members of Congress brought back that memory of, wow, there really are people like that here. I was with my mother when I was a teenager in a parking lot in Massachusetts, and somebody said to her, ‘Go back to your country,’” Conway said, becoming emotional. “And I found that to be ... it really came home to me: This man is a racist, he is evil.”

Conway, who had been a vocal Trump critic for years before his association with The Lincoln Project, announced his hiatus from the group Sunday night.