Bipartisan problem

Kellyanne Conway and Hillary Clinton face similar misogynistic abuse online

Kellyanne Conway (L) checks her phone after taking a photo as US President Donald Trump (BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

There may be little that unites them politically, but one thing Hillary Clinton and Kellyanne Conway share is that they are both subject to the same sexist vitriol online. Misogyny, it seems, is a bipartisan issue. However varied may be the reasons each woman angers sections of the public, the Twitter abuse directed at them both routinely exhibits the same sexist tropes, focusing on their appearance and clothing.

For example, according to one Twitter critic, Clinton “repeats her tacky outfits” while Conway looked like “a night terror of an android majorette” on Inauguration Day. Where Clinton’s hair has frequently been the subject of much mockery, one Twitter user recently asked, “Why does Kellyanne Conway always look like she’s still drunk & wearing make up from last night’s bender?” Both women have been compared to the witches from The Wizard of Oz.

And this type of misogyny is not reserved solely for the Twitter-sphere. U.S. Representative Cedric Richmond of Louisiana, a Democrat, was forced to apologize to Conway on Sunday for lewd comments he made about a photo showing her bare-foot and and kneeling on an Oval Office sofa as she took a picture for President Donald Trump. Joking about the image, which went viral, at the Washington Press Club Foundation’s congressional dinner, he drew on the affair Bill Clinton had in the Oval Office with Monica Lewinsky, remarking, “I really just want to know what was going on there, because, you know, I won’t tell anybody,” Richmond said. “And you can just explain to me that circumstance — because she really looked kind of familiar in that position there. Don’t answer — and I don’t want you to refer back to the 1990s.”

His comments met a prompt backlash as even Chelsea Clinton, an unusual defender of Conway, weighed in calling the remarks “despicable.”

The Louisiana Democrat responded in a statement saying, “After a discussion with people I know and trust, I understand the way my remarks have been received by many, I have consistently been a champion for women and women’s issues, and because of that the last thing I would want to ever do is utter words that would hurt or demean them. I apologize to Kellyanne Conway and everyone who has found my comments to be offensive.”

In an interview with CNN House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi was less inclined to criticize her Democratic colleague and seemed to imply that such comments would not have been out of place at the Washington dinner.

Read the full story at CNN and The New York Times.


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