Kellyanne Conway Just Said “I’m a Victim of Sexual Assault”

But “you have to be responsible for your own conduct.” 

Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway appeared on CNN’s State of the Union on Sunday morning to discuss this week’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s accusations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. During the discussion with host Jake Tapper, Conway emphasized that the hearings were not a criminal trial or “a meeting of the #MeToo movement.”

She also revealed that she herself has been a victim of sexual assault.

“I feel very empathetic, frankly, for victims of sexual assault and sexual harassment and rape. I’m a victim of sexual assault,” she said. But then added, “I don’t expect Judge Kavanaugh, or Jake Tapper, or Jeff Flake, or anybody to be held responsible for that. You have to be responsible for your own conduct.” 

Conway noted that media comparisons to Bill Cosby, who last week was sentenced to between three and 10 years in prison for sexual assault, are unfair. Tapper responded by saying he was sorry she had to go through an assault. He also tried to ask her about working for a president who has been accused of sexual assault himself. Conway told Tapper not to conflate the two, adding, “I work for Trump because he’s so good to the women who work for him, and he’s so good to the women of this country.”

She also called this week’s hearings a “sham” and “raw partisan politics,” and said she doesn’t expect any of the Democrats on the committee that questioned Ford and Kavanaugh to change their vote following the FBI investigation of Ford’s allegations. That limited investigation is taking place because Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) revealed Friday he would not vote for Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the high court until after such a probe is completed.

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Reclaiming power from those who abuse it often starts with telling the truth. And in "This Is How Authoritarians Get Defeated," MoJo's Monika Bauerlein unpacks six truths to remember during the homestretch of an election where democracy, truth, and decency are on the line.

Truth #1: The chaos is the point.

Truth #2: Team Reality is bigger than it seems.

Truth #3: Facebook owns this.

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Truth #5: It's about minority rule.

Truth #6: The only thing that can save us is…us.

Please take a moment to see how all these truths add up, because what happens in the weeks and months ahead will reverberate for at least a generation and we better be prepared.

And if you think journalism like Mother Jones'—that calls it like it is, that will never acquiesce to power, that looks where others don't—can help guide us through this historic, high-stakes moment, and you're able to right now, please help us reach our $350,000 goal by October 31 with a donation today. It's all hands on deck for democracy.

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