One unexplained wrinkle is how this “powerful woman” found time in her day to rail against someone whom she holds in such low regard. Yilek’s alleged offense, after all, was merely to note that Conway’s husband is one of Trump’s most vociferous critics, an awkward situation that would become yet more awkward if she were elevated to chief of staff. “I feel there’s a part of him that thinks I chose Donald Trump over him,” Kellyanne Conway told Terris. “Which is ridiculous. One is my work and one is my marriage.”

Whereas Trump bullies people with bluster and froth, Conway does so with precision and calm. In her discussion with reporters Friday, she said, “I still didn’t get an answer from her, which was the essential question, which was: Why do you call yourself a breaking news reporter if you’re not writing breaking news and you’re not even being a reporter?” Like her boss, she can’t let go.

And when asked about what the Examiner regards as a threat to investigate reporters’ personal lives, Conway goes all-in on Trumpian gaslighting and bravado: “I never threatened anyone. Don’t use those words … No, no, no … If I threaten somebody, you’ll know it. If I threaten someone, you’ll know it.”