Kellyanne Conway, counselor to President Donald Trump, has revealed what she told her daughters when they asked her why she chose not to support Hillary Clinton in her bid to become the first woman to serve as president of the U.S.
In an interview given for Time magazine’s Firsts: Women Who Are Changing the World, Conway, the first woman to ever run a winning presidential campaign, said that she told her daughters that Clinton’s candidacy “showed that in this country anybody can do anything if they set their mind to it.”
“At the same time,” Conway said, “I tried to explain to them that you could be excited for someone with whom you disagree and share in that moment in history as a proud American.”
Conway, who described herself in the interview as “the highest ranking non-relative female in [Trump’s] White House,” also spoke about what it was like to begin her career as a research assistant for a Republican polling firm, describing it as “walking into the men’s locker room at the Elks Club, holding a bachelor party.” To succeed, Conway said, she had to think “like a man” and act “like a lady.”
“I harken back to Margaret Thatcher’s statement,” Conway added. “Being powerful is like being a lady — if you have to say you are, you probably are not.”
Conway has dealt with misogynistic criticism from both sides of the aisle since she helped lead Donald Trump to his electoral victory. She has condemned such critics for “[undercutting] modern feminism,” even as she eschews the label as feminist herself because she considers the term “anti-male.” In her interview with Time, Conway also shared her opinion on the current status of women in the U.S.
Watch the interview at Time.