Kellyanne Conway has come under fire from both sides of the aisle for inflammatory comments made in response to Democratic Sen. Corey Booker’s presidential bid.
The alleged misstep of the controversial counselor to President Trump is a behavior more commonly associated with the left — false cries of sexism. And at least one of the people speaking out against her critique of Sen. Booker is a fellow conservative, CNN’s S.E. Cupp.
Cupp called out Conway for tweeting, “What does Cory Booker have against all the women already running for President? Are they not good enough? Too weak? Not likeable? (They’re certainly liberal enough) (Pretend he’s a Republican when you read this)”
“Ok, let’s,” Cupp retorted on her show, “S.E. Cupp: Unfiltered”, as she displayed a photo of the GOP’s 2016 presidential campaign contenders, including 12 men and one woman.
“Were they all sexist for running against Carly Fiorina and Hillary Clinton?” Cupp asked. “Was Trump?”
Cupp portrayed Conway’s comments as part of a longstanding pattern of unfounded sexism allegations, and warned that such abuses diminish the real struggles of other women.
“It’s dumb crap like this that diminishes real sexism and makes people less likely to believe women when we say ‘sexism is real,'” Cupp said.
The fuller context of Conway’s words leaves open the question as to whether she intended her sexism accusation literally or in jest.
Speaking on Fox News, Conway lobbed the same question at Booker and added, “If he were a Republican running against them, they would immediately call him a sexist for running against these women in the Democratic field.”
This latter statement, coupled with her omission of a more obvious jab — Booker’s past admitted sexual assault of an intoxicated woman — suggests that her main point was perhaps not to prove Booker’s sexism but rather to mock the left for its hypocritical treatment of Republican men who have run against women.
Conway did, however, offer other more substantial concerns about Booker’s candidacy. “I’d also ask him, ‘What exactly have you accomplished that qualifies you to be the commander-in-chief and president of the United States,” she said.
Conway rebuked Booker for his treatment of then-Supreme Court Justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh, including his infamous “Spartacus” moment. She accused him of squandering millions of dollars while he served as mayor in Newark, New Jersey, and said he buckled under Democratic political pressure to abandon the pro-school choice movement.