Kellyanne Conway said Tuesday that she had her own “Me too” moment in which she decried sexual harassment during the 2016 presidential election but that “nobody cared” due to her political views.
Speaking at the POLITICO Women Rule Summit, the counselor to the president called out what she described as a double-standard in how the media perceives allegations of misconduct by men against liberal versus conservative women.
“Yes, of course I’ve had a ‘Me too’ moment, but nobody cared about that,” Conway said when asked by POLITICO’s Anna Palmer about her personal connection to the movement that has seen a wave of women speak out about acts of sexual impropriety by powerful men. “If we’re going to have an honest conversation everyone — you can’t pick and choose depending on somebody’s politics.”
According to Conway, a day after the release of the explosive “Access Hollywood” tape — in which then-candidate Donald Trump boasted about groping women during an off-camera conversation with host Billy Bush — she sought to denounce what she said were instances of sexual harassment by congressmen against her and other women during her time working as a Republican political operative in Washington, D.C. But she said she was ignored by the press.
Under fire to defend Trump’s lewd comments about women, Conway cast the lawmakers and officials criticizing his remarks as hypocrites during an interview with MSNBC last October.
“I would talk to some of the members of Congress out there,” Conway said during an Oct. 9 appearance. “When I was younger and prettier, them rubbing up against girls, sticking their tongues down women’s throats, uninvited, who didn’t like it.”