Of all the many ways the 2016 presidential election has changed the lives of Americans, former Trump campaign staffer A.J. Delgado has undergone a radical change since a new president was elected, a series of changes, really, that has been bittersweet. And, she has suffered in virtual silence — until now. Speaking with McKay Coppins of The Atlantic, Delgado, who during the campaign had become a fixture on cable news, opened up about the loneliness and isolation she’s suffered through since Election Day — all while pregnant.
In the maelstrom of the homestretch of the presidential race, Delgado found herself romantically involved with one of her colleagues, campaign spokesperson Jason Miller. Miller was married, but she said he told Delgado he was separated from his wife. Within weeks of Trump’s surprise victory, and around the same time news of their affair hit the tabloids, Delgado learned she was pregnant. Shortly thereafter, she shared the news with Miller one night as they were lying in bed. Both were part of the transition team and Miller had been offered the job as White House communications director, which he turned down.
Delgado, Coppins reports, recalled Miller asking whether she might terminate the pregnancy. He denied that he did so. But after that, he soon distanced himself from her to focus on his family, leaving Delgado to go through the pregnancy alone. She gave birth last month to a baby boy named William.
But arriving at that happy moment wasn’t easy for Delgado.
“Every time I would even peek at Twitter, there would be comments calling me a home-wrecker, an adulterer, a whore,” she explained. “I wanted to respond … but science says any stress you feel, the baby will feel. So I stayed quiet.”
Delgado also said she felt abandoned by people who fancy themselves as pro-life and have spouted rhetoric about making women with unexpected pregnancies not feel all alone in the world. One of those people who leaned heavily on such rhetoric is Kellyanne Conway. “Our message and our positive action must also reach those women who face unplanned pregnancies. They should know they are not alone. They are not judged. They, too, are protected and cared for and celebrated,” Conway boomed at the March for Life in January.
Delgado said she never heard from Conway once during her pregnancy.
As for Miller, who took a job at a Washington consulting firm and signed with CNN to be an on-air contributor, he “disappeared on the pregnancy, on his child, until June,” Delgado said. “I did it all myself. He never once called, texted, emailed to find out if I was receiving proper prenatal care, to find out the baby’s gender, to see if I had health insurance, or if there was anything he could help with. He never even inquired whether there was a baby registry so that he could send something.”
It wasn’t until after William was born that Miller suddenly seemed interested in Delgado again, and he became demanding too. Delgado explained to Coppins why she decided to speak out after remaining silent for so long and why “one of the first photos my son took was … like a mug shot. I hated seeing that picture of my son. That was a very ugly thing to do.”
Read the full story at The Atlantic.