Between the allegations of sexual assault and misconduct against the Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and President Trump’s own sniping in female strangers Monday, the last few days have seemed like a difficult stretch to the White House together with women.
But a counselor to the president, Kellyanne Conway, says that’s not a true picture of what’s going on. She portrayed Trump as far more attuned and sensitive to gender issues, and responsive to the concerns of women, than that he receives credit for. To start with,” Trump creates a welcoming environment for female workers, she said Tuesday in an interview in The Atlantic Festival in Washington, D.C.
“He is a fantastic boss, especially to the women of the White House,” she explained. “Why else would I be there?”
It was Conway’s trademark phrase,”alternative facts,” in action. She defended that locution to interviewer Steve Clemons, in using that language wasn’t that fiction is equal to reality, stating her point. She clarified that she meant instead that there are facts which don’t match the story that was popular. However, Conway demonstrated how that boundary between spin and conflicting truth can be with her defense of the president
For instance, Conway trumpeted the fact that even though a vast majority of the electorate was female in 2016, it’d rejected a girl, Hillary Clinton, in favor of Trump–but she jumped over the fact that most girls had voted for Clinton. Despite what Americans might have noticed, Conway stated, the White House remains calm, collaborative, and collegial. She discounted stories told to the media by”sources near the White House,” although she’s been known to use that phrase herself.
“Some people don’t want to see the success,” Conway said. “They do not wish to see him as president. I don’t know if we have ever had this many people refusing to take an election result and see how they could help.”
She stated though she said she believes voters have a very clear view of the president’s accomplishments, Trump hasn’t gotten the media credit he deserves for his stewardship of the economy, handling of their crisis, and discussion of trade prices.
Conway made headlines on Sunday when she mentioned on CNN’s State of this Union which she is a survivor of sexual assault. She said Tuesday that her disclosure wasn’t planned–“I believe if I made a decision, I’d have articulated it better,” she asserted–and that she did not plan to go over the issue in more detail. But she said the key point for her is that she doesn’t hold Kavanaugh Trump, or anybody else uninvolved with the attack responsible. Conway said she feared about different cultural problems.
“When people look through their partisan lenses in basically nonpartisan, nonpolitical issues, that I think is where the trouble starts,” she explained.
It is a possibly valuable lesson to get an overheated, highly polarized period –especially if Conway can find a way to impart it to her boss.