In a speech given on Thursday at the Conservative Political Action Conference at National Harbor in Maryland, senior Trump administration adviser Kellyanne Conway told listeners that she didn’t identify as a “classic” feminist because she considers the term to be “anti-male” and “pro-abortion.”
Conway, the first woman to have successfully run a U.S. presidential campaign and the current White House counselor to President Trump, also decried the notion of “[marching] for women’s rights,” describing “this whole sisterhood” as an excuse for women to be “constantly talking about what women look like or what they wear or making fun of their choices or presuming that they’re not as powerful as the men around.”
On stage with conservative commentator Mercedes Schlapp, Conway further contrasted what she called “individual feminism” with “classic” feminism.
“It’s difficult for me to call myself a feminist in a classic sense because it seems to be very anti-male, and it certainly is very pro-abortion, and I’m neither anti-male or pro-abortion,” Conway said, eliciting a round of applause from the audience. “So, there’s an individual feminism, if you will, that you make your own choices,” she added. “I look at myself as a product of my choices, not a victim of my circumstances.”
Since arriving in the White House, Conway has taken heat from critics for her endorsement of “alternative facts,” promoting Ivanka Trump’s clothing line, and for making-up non-existent terrorist attacks to score political points. Just ahead of Trump’s inauguration, she also remarked that she “didn’t see the point” of the Women’s March on Washington. And at the March For Life in Washington D.C., she addressed the crowd using similar rhetoric on abortion. “Stand up, stand tall and stand together on behalf of babies in the womb,” Conway told the marchers.
Watch her full remarks at CPAC in the video below.
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