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The highlights from a 7,700-word NYMag cover story on Kellyanne Conway, the Trump adviser the magazine dubs the "Real First Lady of Trump's America":

  • Her Secret Service code name: "Blueberry"
  • On whether she'd take the job as WH press secretary: "Slit my wrists, bleed out, put cement shoes on, jump off the bridge, and then I'll take the job — are you kidding me?"
  • Steve Bannon's quote: "I do think it was a little overplayed when she was quote-unquote the Trump whisperer. There's no Trump whisperer. There's just not. It doesn't function like that. He doesn't absorb information like that. Everybody that's looked at as a Trump whisperer? It's always meant to demean him."
  • And Conway's response to Bannon: "You realize I go on TV to defend you more now than Donald Trump? So while you're sound asleep and my husband is trying to master how to flip a pancake, I'm actually defending you."

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