Kellyanne Conway Says She’s Also A Survivor Of Sexual Assault—Then Puts The Blame On Victims ????

Last Thursday, all eyes were on Washington, watching the dramatic testimony of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and the fiery response from Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh as he denied having sexually assaulted Ford 36 years ago. 

The conflicting accounts triggered a limited F.B.I. investigation and gripped a nation fiercely divided by whom they believed.

Days later, presidential adviser Kelleyanne Conway weighed in on the matter while appearing on State of the Union and revealed to CNN’s Jake Tapper that she, too, was a victim of sexual assault. 

Conway began, “I feel very empathetic, frankly, to victims of sexual assault, sexual harassment and rape.” 

She then paused and cleared her throat before revealing to Tapper “I’m a victim of sexual assault.”  

“I don’t expect Judge Kavanaugh or Jake Tapper or Jeff Flake or anybody to be held responsible for that,” Conway added. “You have to be responsible for your own conduct.”

Tapper responded, saying “This is the first time I’ve heard you talk about something personal like that and I’m really sorry.” 

It was a rare moment of vulnerability for Conway and her admission caused quite a stir. 

Though many expressed sympathy for her experience, some felt her statement misdirected blame on to the victims of sexual assault and questioned how Conway wasn’t more understanding of Dr. Ford’s decision to testify. 

And while sympathy for Conway’s experience continued, many wonder how she would fare if her revelation was met with the same public scrutiny and skepticism as Dr. Ford’s. 

At one point, Conway emphasized her belief that both victim and accused deserve to be treated fairly. In response, Tapper asked Conway about working for a President who has called the numerous women accusing him of sexual assault “liars.”

“Don’t conflate that with this, and certainly don’t conflate it with what happened to me. Would be a huge mistake,” Conway said.  “Let’s not always bring Trump in everything that happens in this universe.”

Commenters were quick to point out that Conway had earlier invoked the Clinton sex scandal as a symbol of Senate hypocrisy and that her role as a spokesperson for the Trump administration made the President’s own allegations of sexual misconduct more than relevant. 

In the end, while many sympathized with Conway’s experience, few found themselves sympathetic to her point of view. 

H/T – Buzzfeed News, CNN