Lincoln Project co-founder George ConwayGeorge ConwayGeorge Conway: GOP blocking Jan. 6 commission 'more appalling' than both Trump acquittals Press: Get orange jumpsuit ready: extra large Influential Republicans detail call to reform party, threaten to form new one 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 ConwayAides who clashed with Giuliani intentionally gave him wrong time for Trump debate prep: book 7 conservative women who could replace Meghan McCain on 'The View' Karen Pence confirms move back to Indiana: 'No place like home' 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 TrumpNew Capitol Police chief to take over Friday Overnight Health Care: Biden officials says no change to masking guidance right now | Missouri Supreme Court rules in favor of Medicaid expansion | Mississippi's attorney general asks Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade Michael Wolff and the art of monetizing gossip 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-CortezEx-Rep. Abby Finkenauer running for Senate in Iowa Omar reflects on personal experiences with hate in making case for new envoy Equilibrium/ Sustainability — Presented by NextEra Energy — West Coast wildfires drive East Coast air quality alerts MORE (D-N.Y.), Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyOmar reflects on personal experiences with hate in making case for new envoy Overnight Health Care: Fauci clashes with Paul - again | New York reaches .1B settlement with opioid distributors | Delta variant accounts for 83 percent of US COVID-19 cases Duckworth, Pressley introduce bill to provide paid family leave for those who experience miscarriage MORE (D-Mass.), Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibOmar reflects on personal experiences with hate in making case for new envoy House passes bill requiring EPA to regulate 'forever chemicals' in drinking water Ohio becomes battleground for rival Democratic factions MORE (D-Mich.) and Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarOmar reflects on personal experiences with hate in making case for new envoy Ohio becomes battleground for rival Democratic factions Omar leads lawmakers in calling for US envoy to combat Islamophobia 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.