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

White House counselor Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Elizabeth ConwayObama, Bush among those paying tribute to Cokie Roberts: 'A trailblazing figure' Journalists, political heavyweights pay respects to Cokie Roberts: 'A pioneer for so many' Iran's supreme leader rules out talks with US at all levels 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 KushnerThe Hill's Morning Report - 2020 Democrats set for Lone Star showdown Exclusive: Kushner tells GOP it needs to unify behind immigration plan Arrests at southern border drop to 64K in August MORE, Reince PriebusReinhold (Reince) Richard PriebusPoliticon announces lineup including Comey, Hannity, Priebus Sunday shows - White House stresses Trump's determination in China trade fight as GOP challenger emerges Priebus: Left's 'wacko ideas' are opportunity for Republicans in 2020 MORE, Steve BannonStephen (Steve) Kevin BannonWeld 'thrilled' more Republicans are challenging Trump The specter of Steve Bannon may loom over 2020 Trump campaign Sunday shows - Trump's Epstein conspiracy theory retweet grabs spotlight MORE, and Sean SpicerSean Michael SpicerSpicer on 'Dancing with the Stars': 'Those of us who stand for #Christ won't be discounted' Spicer makes debut on 'Dancing With the Stars' to Spice Girls song Merriam-Webster: A 200-year-old dictionary offers hot political takes on Twitter 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."