this is "nightline." >> tonight, inside the final 30. donald trump declares the shackles are off. he's blasting the republican party and we are inside the war room with his campaign manager. >> if anybody's hair or pants are on fire, they'll run down the hall and tell me. >> defending and deflecting the so-called locker room talk that sparked a national conversation. stronger than ever. country sensation and "dancing with the stars" contestant jana kramer opening up about her abusive first marriage. >> picked me up, threw me down. he said, this time i'm really going to kill you. >> using her story to empower others and staying strong for her daughter through new marital troubles. kardashian sues. kim kardashian suing a tabloid for claiming her paris robbery at gunpoint might have been
staged. sister khloe speaking out in her defense. >> she's not doing that well. it's incredibly traumatic, what happened to her. >> but first here the "nightline 5." >> i tried herd to quit smoking. but when we brought our daughter home, that was it. now i have nicoderm cq. >> the nicoderm cq patch helps prevent your urge to smoke all day. >> best thing that ever happened to me. every great why needs a great how. >> hi. i'm dom. what can i get you? >> do you have any presidential predictions? >> pizza sales will be higher than approval ratings. >> this election season try voice ordering on the come mow's app and get two medium two-topping pizzas for $5.99 each.
good evening. tonight inside the trump war room with his campaign manager. the first woman to run a republican presidential campaign. she is showing a candidate in crisis with a candidate who declared today "the shackles have come off." with the latest installment of our series "inside the 30," here's my coanchor juju chang. >> we're on our way to meet with the woman at the center of the storms blowing through the trump camp this week. her name is kelly ann conway. she is his campaign manager. >> donald trump is absolutely correct and he's a natural communicator. he is focusing on the issues. we have 12 seconds to cross. talk about deadline pressure. so i'm hoping we can get all our questions in. we don't have a lot of time. it's a pivotal time in the election. 28 days to go. outside i meet johnson tucci abc's off-air reporter who's been covering the trump campaign
nonstop for 16 months. so tell me about kelly ann. >> she's the first female to run a republican campaign. her life has been a pollster, right? so she knows the numbers. >> and her specialty is appealing to women. >> absolutely. i mean, that's why she's frankly been the greatest surrogate he's ever had. >> reporter: the 49-year-old mother of four helping lead the charge as her candidate is locked in a war of words. >> it's just words, folks. it's just words. >> children listen to what is being said. >> so this is definitely your stomping grounds, isn't it. >> yep. >> reporter: despite scathing backlash and top-tier republicans jumping ship, kelly ann conway has stood firm with her candidate. >> how are you? good to see you. >> reporter: conway takes me on a tour of the trump war room. >> i guess if anybody's hair or pants are on fire, they'll run down the hallway and tell me. >> there's been a twitter storm today. if i can read you his tweet where he said, disloyal rs are far more difficult than crooked
hillary, i will teach them. what is he going to teach them? is he waging civil war in the republican party? >> no. he says i'm going to teach them, he means, i'm going to win. it's been very disappointing to not have the support of the rank and file republicans and some of the leaders. mitt romney had all the king's horses, all the king's men, all their money, all the support, even those of us who did not support him in the republican primary in 2012 came around to help our party's nominee. >> reporter: conway is trump's third campaign manager, brought in two months ago after paul manafort got the ax. >> look. >> this is just -- >> that's paul manafort's? >> if i clean -- >> that's amazing. this is how hard you've been working? >> if i clean, it's at home. >> let's talk about women in the context of the "access hollywood" tapes. he dismissed the taped remarks as locker room banter. if your son said those words would that be okay? >> grab them by the [ bleep ]. >> if he said those words at 11 i would wash his mouth out with soap and figure out where he heard them. let's not look over what else mr. trump said.
he said he was embarrassed. he hated seeing it. and he apologized. and he did it several times now. >> these four very courageous women have asked to be here -- >> reporter: conway said she agreed with the decision to bring bill clinton's accusers together publicly before sunday's debate. >> were you in favor? >> yes, i was, i was in favor of that. >> a lot of people say, i'm not voting for bill clinton, i'm voting for hillary. >> it's about the way she treated them. >> reporter: today the trump campaign touting newly leaked clinton e-mails as evidence of her dishonesty. that special favors were given to clinton friends during the relief efforts after the 2010 haiti earthquake. >> as people were dying in haiti, clinton insiders were separating out requests from friends of bill. >> we saw the e-mail with clinton state department seemingly coordinating with clinton foundation. what's your reaction? >> i was pretty sickened to read the reporting because i just feel like there's a lot of grifting and gifting going on while people are suffering. >> reporter: state department spokesman john kirby told abc
news the agency served as an important coordinating hub for u.s. and international relief efforts. the clinton foundation said no special treatment was expected or given. conway's job, off and on damage control, is 24/7. her workload even spoofed on "snl." >> of course donald didn't hold up a little cup of his own semen at a rally and say, this becomes a person, no way. >> he did say that, there's tape. >> yes, he said that, he's crazy. >> i thought it was hysterical. my cousin said, did you allow them to follow you around for two or three days? >> it was more of a documentary than parody is what you're saying? >> i'm not a good painter. i've never done yoga. >> reporter: she used to support his one-time adversary, ted cruz. she had been among the crowd calling for trump to release his tax returns. >> absolutely, it's completely transparent, donald trump's tax returns aren't. i'd like to see those be transparent. >> warren buffett challenged
donald trump by saying, i'm releasing my taxes even though i'm under audit. do you think he should release his taxes? >> i agree with donald trump on this. because his lawyers and accountants, since i took this job, have counseled me on it and they've advised against him releasing them until the audit is over. >> when you look at the battleground states, are there any that are do or die? >> it's not a surprise, our eyes like hers are on florida. >> reporter: the most recent polls showing clinton has a 9-point lead over trump in the wake of sunday's debate. and holds a 3-point edge over trump in florida. >> pennsylvania's a place mr. trump went yesterday again to just these uprorious, huge crowds that want to see him. it's a state where they say, a republican hasn't won it. he's not a typical republican candidate. >> reporter: today hillary clinton held a rally in miami with al gore who until now hasn't been campaigning, bringing up sore memories for the one-time presidential candidate. >> your vote really, really, really counts. you can consider me as an exhibit "a" of that group. >> reporter: my colleague terry
moran was in the crowd. >> i'm running against a guy who denies science, denies climate change -- >> reporter: to find out what some of the most sought-after voters think about how much for candidates words matter. >> when you dress like this and you're volunteering for hillary and you go out, people will say things. >> oh, yes. >> what happens? >> i had one man tell me that he's registered to vote, he's also registered to have sex with me. >> what? >> yes. >> these were people who were -- >> i felt that trump is now encouraging this younger generation that you can go ahead and just touch a woman without her permission and think it's fine. >> when you're a star, they let you do it, you can do anything. grab them by the [ bleep ]. you can do anything. >> i was extremely disturbed by the tapes. by calling it locker room talk just perpetuates this idea that what he said wasn't important and somehow his words don't mean anything and words don't have power. because words do have power.
>> reporter: assault survivor brenda tracy has spent a lot of time thinking about the idea of locker room talk. >> the first thing i do is tell my story. i try to make sure that i humanize the issue of sexual assault. a sexual assault is something that happens to everyone. >> reporter: tracy travels the country speaking to football teams about fighting rape culture and resents donald trump's implication that his words were just idle talk. >> he's perpetuating a culture of violence, that he is degrading and demeaning to women, he's not helping to keep us safe. >> what would you say to women who would say, after this tape, how could she? how could kelly ann conway work for donald trump? >> i believe when he expressed contrition and humility, i'm someone who believes in forgiveness and mercy. had he not sought it, it may be a different situation. >> and we're out of here. >> we had protesters out front -- >> reporter: the crowds outside trump tower not so forgiving, waving signs about so-called locker room talk.
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and also opening up about some wrenching moments in her personal life, including she says infidelity from her current husband and domestic abuse from her ex. kramer sat down with abc's dana whitworth. ♪ hanging on when your heart is heavy ♪ >> reporter: jana kramer filled with emotion has been dazzling judges with her performance on "dancing with the stars" every week. wowing the judges. >> 8! >> reporter: first an actress, she rose to fame on the show "one tree hill." now a country music sensation. ♪ you're the only part of me >> reporter: her single "circles" climbing the charts. ♪ and i'm going in circles >> reporter: but tonight she speaks to abc for the first time on television about the news that she says her husband, former nfl player mike caussin,
has been unfaithful. >> it's just this certain situation. i think what hurt the most is that i finally felt like i was in such a great place. and i thought that i found that person. >> reporter: the two have been married a little over a year and have an 8-month-old daughter jolie. kramer wondering how far his deception goes. >> i have to sit in this uncomfortable moment. to figure out where my heart is in that situation. and right now it's just about protecting jolie. and continuing to grow personally. >> reporter: this moment is also when she says she's found the courage to come forward about her first marriage. a relationship that she says nearly killed her. >> i'll never forget sitting in the bushes, how the heck? i'm hiding in my bushes. how in the world did i get here? >> reporter: that was the night she says she was almost murdered by her then-husband michael gambino. >> and what happened? >> this happened a lot. he would come home from a night out at the club. literally take me out of my bed
and throw me onto the ground. he said he was going to kill me. choked me, did all those things. i was like, this is it. >> you felt like you came face-to-face with the end of your life? >> yeah. my grandpa has been my angel and i remember praying to him saying, i don't even want to be here anymore, i don't know how to get out of this situation, so -- if there is a happier place, let me come to you or save me or take me from this place so i don't have to be here anymore, because i don't know how to get out. when we were struggling, he was choking me, i see everything. i see my mom, i see my funeral. i literally have that flash of my whole life. and i just remember i screamed my mom's name. and that's the last thing i remember. >> reporter: kramer says she lost consciousness and gambino fled. by the time he was arrested and convicted of premeditated attempted murder, she had endured years of domestic
violence. she was only 19 when they met. a rising star who had just landed her first major movie role in the adam sandler film "click." >> he started to be verbally abusive. then it would be grabbing the arms. black eye. everything i kept saying, all right, if he really gets both my eyes. or -- i just kept making excuses. he was manipulating me to the core. making me truly feel like it was my fault. and so many women that are in abusive situations feel like they're the reason for this. and the truth of the matter is they're not. >> reporter: after five years in prison, gambino was out on parole. kramer says she lived in fear until she got the news that changed everything. >> i remember getting the call that he committed suicide. and i felt bad, because my first feeling was relief. that he was gone. that i didn't have to worry about him anymore. >> reporter: after a second brief marriage and a broken
engagement, kramer thought she had finally found love with caussin. but not long after they had their daughter, kramer says their love life was threatened. in a statement to "people" magazine caussin says, i acknowledge that certain actions and behaviors have caused issues in my marriage and i am deeply sorry for the pain i have caused jana. i have and will continue to take the steps needed to change who i am as a person in order to be a better husband and father." >> he has publicly acknowledged the situation and apologized. what does that mean to you? >> i -- appreciate the apology. because it has been -- it has been heartbreaking. but it's nothing that i can't handle. he is doing all the work that he's supposed to be doing right now. and i acknowledge that and i see that. >> i see that you have the band on your hand. >> yes. this band for me is -- i'm married to my daughter right now.
and i don't know what the future looks like. but i do know that at the end of the day, i'll be strong for my daughter. either way, she's going to have a happy household. ♪ in my daughter's eyes >> reporter: she's taking that inspiration to the dance floor in a passionate performance on this week's "dancing with the stars." the song "in my daughter's eyes" ends and kramer is overcome by the image of jolie. now 32 years old, she's using her platform and voice to help empower women everywhere. starting with herself. >> through all of this heartache, what would you say you have really learned? what are you coming away with? >> that i am so much stronger than i ever thought was possible. and i am worthy of a great love. and i know that i am truly in it for just me. >> reporter: abc news, los angeles.
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finally tonight, the latest developments in kardashian land. >> tell me how kim is doing. i'm sure everybody here is wondering. tell us. >> i mean, she's not doing that well. i mean, it's incredibly traumatic, what happened to her. >> khloe kardashian breaking her silence, speaking out about her sister kim's robbery for the first time today on "ellen." >> i think it's just a wakeup call to make a lot of life adjustments. but this is a really serious matter. for kim it's -- i think that's really personal as to when that emotional like terror -- you could move on from that.
>> last week kardashian west became the subject of international headlines after sources tell abc news she was tied up, gagged, and robbed at gunpoint while in paris for fashion week. the assailants reportedly stole more than $10 million worth of jewelry, including this nearly $5 million ring that kim had shown off on instagram just days earlier. kim's bodyguard is seen frequently in pictures with her but reportedly wasn't there at the time of the incident. since the robbery, kim has gone dark on social media. but today the mother of two filed a lawsuit against mediatakeout.com after the site published headlines like these, suggesting the incident may have been staged. kardashian west is now suing for libel claiming she was revictimized by the website. mediatakeout.com has not responded to requests from abc news for comment. as for the rest of the kardashians, mama kris jenner posting this motivational message on instagram, #blessed.