Kellyanne Conway doesn’t like to call herself a feminist and definitely does not see herself as a victim of circumstances.
The counselor to the president elaborated on the role of women in the conservative movement during an interview Thursday at the Conservative Political Action Conference.
“It’s difficult for me to call myself a feminist in the classic sense because it seems to be very anti-male and it certainly is very pro-abortion,” Conway told Mercedes Schlapp. ” And I’m neither anti-male or pro-abortion.”
.@KellyannePolls explains how women belong in the conservative movement with @mercedesschlapp. #CPAC #CPAC2017 pic.twitter.com/4XxDtqsRTt
— CPAC 2017 (@CPAC) February 23, 2017
“I look at myself as a product of my choices and not a victim of my circumstances,” Conway added. “And that’s what I believe conservative ‘feminism,’ if you will, is all about.”
Conway shared that her experiences have led to a “disappointing and revealing” conclusion.
“Turns out a lot of women just have a problem with women in power,” she said. “This presumptive negativity about women and power I think is very unfortunate. Let’s just try to access that and have a conversation about it rather than a confrontation.”
.@KellyannePolls: Turns out that a lot of women have a problem with other women in power. #truestory #CPAC pic.twitter.com/BBaDHNH0PL
— chill (@chiIIum) February 23, 2017
The 50 year-old former Trump campaign manager also addressed how women in the 2016 election “looked past commonality of gender” by not voting for former Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. Being the first woman president of the U.S. is something she said she still encourages her daughters to aim for.
“I’d tell my three daughters that the job for first female president of the United States is open—so go for it.” @KellyannePolls #CPAC2017
— The Daily Signal (@DailySignal) February 23, 2017
.@HillaryClinton still a major topic of conversation. @KellyannePolls says women voters “looked past commonality of gender” at #CPAC2017 pic.twitter.com/BrGBg7Gmjh
— Hebah Abdalla (@aljazeeraprdcr) February 23, 2017
Conway gave some advice to women who face salary gap issues and gave a personal story of how she once handled pay negotiations.
.@KellyannePolls: When asked in my 20’s for my speaking fee, took line from When Harry Met Sally: “I’ll have what he’s having” #CPAC2017
— Sarah Boxer (@Sarah_Boxer) February 23, 2017
@KellyannePolls advice to women: know your worth.
“When in doubt, just say ‘I’ll have what he’s having.'” #CPAC #CPAC2017
— Maya Shwayder (@MayaErgas) February 23, 2017
Conway had some sound advice for conservative college students as well, as they navigate the very liberal waters of the educational institutions.
“Don’t live online. Live in real time,” she said. “Live in the real world.”
.@KellyannePolls message to conservative college students. #CPAC2017 #CPAC pic.twitter.com/kE36d66a0G
— CPAC 2017 (@CPAC) February 23, 2017
Of course, Conway took time to speak about her boss, the president, and gave some insight into his private self and what motivates him.
Here is Kellyanne Conway’s full CPAC quote about how Donald Trump has sacrified money, power, prestige and fame to be president. pic.twitter.com/x9X9Bf0ISj
— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) February 23, 2017
conway says trump is “happiest when he’s with his family,” adds he is funny and compassionate #CPAC2017
— kelly cohen (@politiCOHEN_) February 23, 2017
.@KellyannePolls: “You’re really high energy” is the best compliment you can get from @realDonaldTrump. #CPAC2017 @POTUS
— Cortney O’Brien (@obrienc2) February 23, 2017
.@KellyannePolls gets spontaneous applause at #CPAC2017 when she calls Trump a “non-politician, true outsider”
— Ali Rogin (@AliABCNews) February 23, 2017
Trump is scheduled to speak at the conference on Friday morning in very different circumstances than when he addressed attendees in 2015.
A year ago, Trump was laughed at in the room at CPAC. They were all about Ted Cruz (as was Kellyanne at the time!) #CPAC2017
— Gabrielle Levy (@gabbilevy) February 23, 2017
This year’s CPAC attendees may well give Trump, the first sitting Republican president to speak at the conference since Ronald Reagan, a warm welcome. Conway quipped that Trump’s significant impact on the conservative movement may affect the 44th annual CPAC event.
Conway says that by tomorrow CPAC will be “TPAC” (“T” is for “Trump,” obvs) #CPAC2017
— Tom Kludt (@TomKludt) February 23, 2017
WATCH: Kellyanne Conway is asked how Donald Trump has changed conservatism at #CPAC pic.twitter.com/yDGEGb7kvj
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) February 23, 2017
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