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Some would prefer to compare him to Harvey Weinstein.
Kellyanne Conway, counselor to the president, has defended her boss through numerous accusations, going so far as to invent a terrorist massacre to support the administration’s point-of-view. Her latest head-scratching defense: President Donald Trump empowers women.
Conway turned to Twitter on Thursday afternoon, praising Trump for nominating Kirstjen Nielsen to run the Department of Homeland Security. She also used the opportunity to praise Trump for “elevating and empowering women to top positions” inside the White House, implying that the Trump administration is fully behind women’s needs.
.@POTUS continues his practice of elevating and empowering women to top positions.
Congratulations, Kirstjen! https://t.co/A9Ijp968a9
— Kellyanne Conway (@KellyannePolls) October 12, 2017
Suffice to say, Twitter wasn’t having it. Users quickly responded to Conway’s tweet, pointing out that the president admitted to sexual assault in a B-roll Access Hollywood video leak.
POTUS is an admitted perpetrator of sexual violence. You're a blight on the landscape Conway and a discredit to all women. Shame. Shame.
— Jimmy Cool (@Jimmy_Cool) October 12, 2017
While he rapes them. Is that what you meant. There's only 16 or so women accusing him… As of today.
— SB XXXVII (@Ballsdino) October 12, 2017
— Beau Ryan (@beauryan) October 12, 2017
Others suggested Trump uses women for political gain, adding the occasional female cabinet member while largely staffing the White House with straight white men. It doesn’t hurt, either, that the administration’s policies largely target federal programs that help women in need.
Yeah, right. Look at his WHOLE cabinet.
— Michael Self (@NoteFromSELF) October 12, 2017
Kellyanne, isn't the Trump cabinet about 90% white male? #SomeEmpowering
— Sarah Palin (@SarahPalinUSA_) October 12, 2017
And allowing employers to take away their birth control
— Summer weber (@Summerweber16) October 12, 2017
And others think the tweet is a calculated response, holding President Trump as a pro-woman figure amid the Harvey Weinstein sexual harassment scandal plaguing Hollywood.
You 100% wouldn't have mentioned the empowerment of women if the Weinstein scandal hadn't broken. Your calculation is showing.
— Elizabeth Adams (@bizadamz) October 12, 2017
Also, you don't get to yell about Harvey Weinstein when your boss has sexually assaulted at least 11 women (that we know of).
— Nicole Antoun (@NicoleECA) October 13, 2017
@KellyannePolls Your boss is Harvey Weinstein. The worst part is you know who & what he is but you sold yourself for position & power.
— LiberalYogi (@Liberalyogi) October 13, 2017
Conway remains a notoriously controversial figure in Washington. She was accused of leaking White House information at a party, granted an ethics waiver along with several other Trump White House members, and she was called out by the mainstream media for putting her feet on Oval Office furniture, which may be one of her least egregious missteps.
Ana Valens is an LGBTQ reporter and essayist for the Daily Dot. Her work has previously appeared in Bitch, the Establishment, Vice's Waypoint, Rolling Stone's Glixel, and the Toast. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.