Way back, before Kellyanne Conway started as Donald Trump’s third campaign manager when she was just a wee little Republican pollster, the first female CEO of a Republican nominee’s presidential campaign had some pretty disturbing views on women in the military. And it explains a lot about why Conway was picked to lead the team of a serial sexist’s campaign.
In a clip found by an anti-Trump Super PAC, Conway is a guest on the PBS show To The Contrary and is asked about what women’s role in the military should be.
Women are already making incredible contributions to the United States military and will continue to do so, but the military’s first and primary mission is to win wars and to be as completely as capable and efficient and uber-ready as it can be. But we also don’t want to put our women in harm’s way.”
Other female members of the panel made intelligent arguments about whether or not women should fight in the military, and pointed out to Conway that women were passing the men’s physical fitness tests, and therefore should have the right to fight in combat.
That’s when Conway ventured off completely unprompted about rape, saying (emphasis mine):
If you are suggesting that physical fitness experts say it’s different, I’ll accept that. Except to say that we should not have the girl’s version and the boy’s version of that physical fitness test.
“But I’ll tell you, if we were physiologically — not mentally, emotionally, professionally — equal to men, if we were physiologically as strong as men, rape would not exist. You would be able to defend yourself and fight him off.”
So rape wouldn’t exist if women were as physically strong as men? Someone should probably break it to Conway that rape can occur between two men. How out of touch with the subject of sexual assault do you have to be to think that strong muscles would eradicate the existence of rape completely? Way to be woefully uninformed, Conway.
Lizz Winstead, co-creator of the Daily Show and member of the Democratic Coalition Against Trump Super PAC, spoke of the clip in a statement:
Most people who think like Donald Trump would only express their views in private, because they’re shameful, but not Kellyanne Conway. Not Eric Trump, when he said that Ivanka wouldn’t allow herself to be subject to sexual harassment. And certainly not Donald Trump himself.
“They seem to think it’s acceptable to blame rape victims for their assaults, deny women the right to control their own health care, and downplay sexual harassment in the workplace. It’s not.”
Winstead is right, Trump and company hold some pretty dated, backwards, infuriating and downright bonkers views of women and the issues they face.
Trump is running to be the head of the military, in which many women proudly serve. He’s also running to lead an entire country full of women and young girls and Trump needs to take issues women face seriously — something he hasn’t done at all. If he won’t even defend his own daughter in a hypothetical sexual harassment scenario, what does that mean for this nation’s women?
Did anyone vet Kellyanne Conway and Stephen Bannon before they were given the keys to the zoo?
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