Kellyanne Conway said that “most” of the criticism she gets is sexist during a lengthy interview at a Christian-right summit on Saturday.
The Family Leader president Bob Vander Plaats asked if Conway has been “surprised” by the “vitriol” she gets as a successful “conservative” woman.
I don’t need accolades and gold stars, but I think we all deserve respect… .
I understand that we’re a nation of charged opinions and partisan rancor, but I do find that most of the vitriol comes from people who don’t know me, and who are[n’t] very brave on social media….
But so much of the criticism of me is so gender-based…obviously.
…I pray for the country and I pray for my critics…. Criticizing how I look or what I wear, how I speak…totally undercuts modern feminism when they say they are “for” women.
Conway then pivoted to talking about abortion, playing to the faith-based crowd, and said that her beliefs “should be respected.”
Vander Plaats also congratulated her for her work during the campaign, noting she was the first female campaign manager for a Republican presidential campaign.
Conway deflected the question at first, instead giving all praise to the man who sits in the Oval Office. “It took Donald J. Trump to elevate me to that position,” she said, giving the president credit for her being the first female GOP presidential campaign manager.
She said it is “a natural thing” for President Trump to “surround himself with strong women,” mostly by pointing out that “he has a wife and two adult daughters.” She also said that she thinks the country is “ready” for a female president, “just not that one,” she said, referring to Hillary Clinton.
A lot of the rest of the conversation focused on faith, respect, and civility, but they focused their criticism on “the left” and not President Trump, who still comes up with degrading nicknames for his rivals.
Conway also implied that Jesus Christ was a poor politician because she, like the president, won’t “turn the other cheek” when “attacked” but instead prefer to be “counter-punchers.”
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