Kellyanne Conway: “think like a man and to behave like a lady”

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Kellyanne Conway, the president’s trusted White House counselor, says that her success in GOP politics comes from her ability to “think like a man and to behave like a lady.”

A veteran political operative, Conway spent three decades advising Republicans on how to appeal to female voters before Donald J. Trump tapped her to become his 2016 presidential campaign manager, on Aug. 17, 2016, thereby making her the first woman to ever run a Republican presidential campaign.

When the president was elected, she became the first woman from any party to run a successful presidential campaign.

Speaking to Time magazine, the spunky blond strategist said that she came up with a winning combination to navigate the political world.

“My comfort level came in learning how to think like a man and to behave like a lady,” she reportedly said. “And I harken back to Margaret Thatcher’s statement, where she said, ‘Being powerful is like being a lady; if you have to say you are, you probably are not.'”

The interview looks back on her long career as a pollster, and her experience working with the Republican National Committee (RNC).

“When I went into Republican polling, I noticed quickly that my gender was an immediate source of curiosity,” Conway said. “In Republican politics, particularly 20 some years ago, there were few women. There were few women consultants, there were few women candidates, there were certainly few women congressmen and officeholders.”

She explains that when she started working with the RNC, it was like “walking into the men’s locker room at the Elks Club, holding a bachelor party.”

Conway was the president and CEO of The Polling Company in Washington before she joined Trump’s presidential campaign in 2016. She has become one of the most well-recognized figures in the Trump administration.

As a fierce defender of the president, Conway is respected by conservatives and frequently bashed by the media. Recently, Conway published a tweet that read, “In 1300-word story, NYT Fails To Mention Federal Criminal Defendant Bob Menendez Is A Democrat.”

She was writing about an article written by Nick Corasaniti for the New York Times. In it, he details the corruption scandal surrounding the trial of New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez (D), who was allegedly bribed by a wealthy friend and campaign donor in exchange for governmental favors.

Some reporters rushed in to “correct” Conway, noting with confidence that the Times report mentioned that Menendez is a Democrat.

CNN’s David Wright wrote, “Love to crtl+f,” in a response to Conway, referring to a keyboard shortcut that allows one to search the text of a web page. He included a screenshot of the Times report with the word “Democrat” searched and highlighted.

He later deleted this response, as Conway was proven correct. Corasaniti later admitted that he had not stated the senator’s political affiliation, initially, but claimed the omission was merely an “oversight.” He updated his original story, which is what other reporters were referencing when they tried to one-up Conway.

Politico’s Jake Sherman said elsewhere, “4th paragraph: ‘Mr. Menendez, a Democrat,'” and CNN producer Dan Merica wrote, “Line from the story: ‘Since his indictment more than two years ago, Mr. Menendez, a Democrat.'”

Merica, to his credit, later added: “Missed yesterday that it was added after it was initially posted.”

 

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