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

White House counselor Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Elizabeth ConwayGeorge Conway: Pelosi is playing Trump 'like a drum' Schumer: Trump was 'agitated' during White House infrastructure meeting Trump, Pelosi exchange insults as feud intensifies 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 KushnerNational commission needed to monitor and combat anti-Semitism Trump pushing for GOP donor's company to get border wall contract: report Trump family members will join state visit to UK MORE, Reince PriebusReinhold (Reince) Richard PriebusNadler subpoenas Hope Hicks and McGahn's former aide for testimony Mueller didn't want Comey memos released out of fear Trump, others would change stories Forget the spin: Five unrefuted Mueller Report revelations MORE, Steve BannonStephen (Steve) Kevin BannonTrump's nastiest break-ups: A look at the president's most fiery feuds Juan Williams: The new abnormal Catholic cardinal says Steve Bannon using monastery for political purposes MORE, and Sean SpicerSean Michael SpicerProgressive groups targeting Harvard, other universities with ad urging them to not hire Trump officials Celebs unwind at Capitol File WHCD after party Journalists close out WHCD at MSNBC/NBC News after-party 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."