Left: Donald Trump in a suit with a red tie; right: George Conway in a suit with a black bowtie.

Left: Donald Trump; right: George Conway.Left: AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta; right: REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

  • George Conway weighed in on Trump’s brimming docket of legal issues.

  • He predicted that Trump would eventually be convicted, but would also cause “real pain” to the US.

  • “The party is finally going to realize that Trump will take them down with him,” Conway said.

George Conway, a prominent lawyer and vocal critic of former President Donald Trump, likened Trump to a “cornered animal” in a Salon interview published Monday.

Conway told Salon he thinks Trump is embracing the QAnon movement because the former president is finally “facing real consequences for his actions.”

“Trump is basically a cornered animal. He’s got all these legal proceedings bearing down on him. In addition, he is losing his touch and his connection to his public, because his act has become very tiresome,” Conway said.

He added that, in his opinion, Trump’s support from QAnon is “narcissistic fuel” for a man who is in “a downward psychological, emotional and physical spiral.”

Weighing in on Trump’s brimming docket of legal problems, Conway echoed comments he made in August that the FBI’s Mar-a-Lago probe into whether Trump mishandled top-secret documents would be “the “shortest distance” between the former president and prison.

Conway said Trump would likely “threaten violence” if he were ever tried in court and predicted that Trump would hurt the GOP on his way out.

“The party is finally going to realize that Trump will take them down with him,” Conway told Salon. “It is going to be very ugly all around.”

Since the FBI’s raid of Mar-a-Lago on August 8, Conway has commented on multiple occasions about the legal jeopardy he thinks Trump is in. Days after the raid, Conway said he thought Trump was “in very substantial legal jeopardy.” And in September, Conway commented during a podcast that he thought “any fair jury” would convict Trump for mishandling top-secret documents.

Conway is married to Kellyanne Conway, a former senior counselor to Trump. He gained a large social-media following as an anti-Trump pundit, a position that stands in sharp contrast to his wife’s support of Trump. Earlier this summer, Kellyanne Conway said on CNN that there has been “a lot of hurt” in her marriage, stemming from her husband’s position as a Trump opponent.

A representative at Trump’s post-presidential press office did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

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