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

White House counselor Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Elizabeth ConwayThe Hill's Campaign Report: Sanders exits, clearing Biden's path to nomination George Conway group endorses Joe Biden Tapper comes under criticism for George Conway retweet that Trump is '100% insane' MORE is a "cartoon villain brought to life" who would bad-mouth her colleagues to members of the media, a former White House aide charges in a new book.

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 KushnerHillicon Valley: Google bans Zoom from its work computers | Dem cautions White House against using surveillance to fight virus | Lawmakers push House leaders on remote voting Senate Democrat presses White House on reported coronavirus surveillance system efforts Trump shakes up White House communications team MORE, Reince PriebusReinhold (Reince) Richard PriebusMeadows joins White House facing reelection challenges Trump names Mark Meadows as new chief of staff Mick Mulvaney's job security looks strong following impeachment MORE, Steve BannonStephen (Steve) Kevin BannonSunday shows preview: As coronavirus spreads in the U.S., officials from each sector of public life weigh in Trump team fiercely debates how long coronavirus restrictions should stay in place Sunday shows preview: State governors and top medical officials prepare for next week of COVID-19 response MORE, and Sean SpicerSean Michael SpicerKayleigh McEnany to take over as White House press secretary Grisham leaves role as White House press secretary Sean Spicer to release second book in October, 'Leading America' 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."