Wednesday, August 31, 2016

What You Have to Remember About Kellyann Conway

If you have any doubt that Trump is not pivoting, just bear in mind that Steve Bannon set up his big Mexico meeting today.

Trump's visit to Mexico is Steve Bannon's idea. Enough said.

Some have wondered where Ms. Conway is. I mean, she's the voice of reason. Right? Why hasn't she talked Trump out of this?

Well, here's what you have to remember about Kellyann Conway. She was the campaign manager for Todd Akin. True, she came in to put out the fire after his 'legitimate rape' mess.

But, then again, she was willing to be associated with a candidate who had made such a candidate, and wanted to help him achieve victory. She wanted a Congressman who believed that only some kinds of rape is 'real rape.'

And now we see that her running his campaign was not an accident. She herself has made some Akin like utterances.

Another day, another profoundly objectionable comment about women from the Team Trump. This time, it’s care of his newly named campaign manager Kellyanne Conway, who said if only women were as physically strong as men, there would be no more rape."

"The Democratic Coalition Against Trump unearthed video of a January 2013 PBS panel, featuring a number of women from across the political spectrum discussing the issue of women in the military. Conway, expressing concern that women aren’t as strong as men, said: “If we were physiologically as strong as men, rape would not exist. You would be able to defend yourself and fight him off.”

"I cannot – and will not – soft-pedal this: What Conway said is utterly horrendous. It is an utter fallacy that “rape would not exist” if women were as strong as men, because rape is not exclusively a physical struggle between a man and a physically weaker woman."

"Women who are incapacitated are raped. Women who are physically disabled are raped. Women who are physically stronger than their rapists are raped, through coercion or a number of other means, including having a gun held at their heads. There are women who are scared to try to defend themselves for fear that it will escalate the rape into something deadly. There are women who are virtually paralyzed by the shock of the assault."

"There are also men who are raped – and not always by men who are physically weaker than they are."

"This is, unfortunately, not a comprehensive list of the many ways in rape is more than just a sheer battle of physical force."

"Conway is espousing an absurdly and harmfully reductive definition of rape, which frames rape as a power struggle between a stronger man and a weaker woman – which suggests that if only women were somehow better, bigger, tougher, mightier, we should be able to prevent rape."

"Tasking victims with rape prevention is a key tenet of the rape culture. Rape prevention lies exclusively with predators, who have the responsibility to not rape people."

"As you might imagine, I am not the only woman who is decidedly unhappy with Conway’s contemptible comment. A number of women’s groups have released statements expressing their disappointment with yet more sexist swill emanating from the Trump campaign."

P.S. I'm happy to see CNN has picked up this story.

Ms. Conway is the one who will allegedly improve Trump's image with women. Not if they learn who she is. 

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