With the most recent Trump campaign shakeup, hopes were that the campaign would get the lifesaver it so desperately needed. However, it looks like they won’t get that lifesaver. Previously, it was because of Trump’s inability to keep his mouth shut. This time, however, it may be because of his super inability to not vet what his campaign staff has pulled in the past.
In a discussion on PBS’ To the Contrary in 2013, Trump’s campaign manager Kellyanne Conway made a remark that is more reminiscent of something Trump would say and not an actual woman with compassion and common sense. Her remark was in response to a discussion on an all-female panel discussing gender equality in combat.
‘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.’
Conway’s comment came unprompted, and she later did not respond to CNN’s request for clarification. Furthermore, she remarked that sexual assault could be used as a weapon in war, and that was a downside of having women on the front lines.
According to CNN, the three-year-old remarks were found and brought to the light by anti-Trump super PAC, the Democratic Coalition Against Trump. National Finance Director Francesca Lucia commented, “We cannot have a reality show in the White House; the stakes are just too high, especially for women.”
Several more liberals and liberal organizations responded to the comments including The Daily Show co-creator Lizz Winstead:
‘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.”
Planned Parenthood, a major provider of women’s health services, also added to the discussion, saying, “Conway fits a dangerous Trump campaign pattern of not understanding or caring about the struggles, discrimination, and even sexual violence that women face every day in this country.”
Though the comments are over three years old, they are still relevant when you take into consideration past remarks made by Trump himself about women. It also comes at a time when women are fighting for sexual assault to be taken seriously in a nation where men can rape a woman, be convicted of felony sexual assault, and still only receive a slap on the wrist.
If you can stomach them, you can watch Conway’s remarks below.
Featured image screenshot from YouTube video.