Ex-White House aide says 'cartoon villain' Kellyanne Conway bad-mouthed colleagues

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In excerpts from "Team of Vipers: My 500 Extraordinary Days in the Trump White House," obtained by Vanity Fair, author and former White House aide Cliff Sims accuses the top Trump adviser of trashing current and former top members of the administration by name in text messages to reporters.

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The messages, Sims says, were displayed in real time on Conway's laptop while Sims was using it to draft a statement on Conway's behalf in response to criticism from hosts of MSNBC's "Morning Joe," who at the time had accused her of being two-faced in her support of the president.

"She was having simultaneous conversations with no fewer than a half­-dozen reporters, most of them from outlets the White House frequently trashed for publishing 'fake news,' " Sims said of Conway's text messages that came onscreen while he was working.

"Jour­nalists from The New York Times, The Washington Post, CNN, Politico, and Bloomberg were all popping up on the screen. And these weren’t policy conversations, or attempts to fend off attacks on the president," he added. "As I sat there trying to type, she bashed Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerUN pushes back on US reversal on Israeli settlements Pompeo announces Israeli settlements do not violate international law Trump to tour Apple factory with Tim Cook on Wednesday MORE, Reince PriebusReinhold (Reince) Richard PriebusFounder of veterans group says Trump Jr. can join the military if he 'really wants to understand what sacrifice is all about' Mulvaney faces uncertain future after public gaffes Politicon announces lineup including Comey, Hannity, Priebus MORE, Steve BannonStephen (Steve) Kevin BannonJury finds Stone guilty of lying to Congress Jury set to begin deliberating in Stone trial The Hill's Morning Report - Diplomats kick off public evidence about Trump, Ukraine MORE, and Sean SpicerSean Michael SpicerThe Hill's Morning Report - Witness transcripts plow ground for public impeachment testimony Sean Spicer eliminated from 'Dancing with the Stars' Trump Jr.: How can Dems beat Trump if they can't boot Sean Spicer from DWTS? MORE, all by name."

Conway responded to the article in a statement to Vanity Fair, accusing reporters of ignoring "the real leakers" in the White House.

“The real leakers, past and present, get much more positive press than I do. While it’s rare, I prefer to knife people from the front, so they see it coming,” Conway told Vanity Fair.

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Sims's accusations.

Conway is known for her frequently combative media appearances on cable news shows, and earlier this month she clashed with CNN's Jim Acosta on-camera over immigration, calling the reporter a "smart ass."