Courtesy of NYT:
Kellyanne Conway, an adviser to President Trump, said on Sunday that she was a victim of sexual assault and that the Supreme Court confirmation proceedings of Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh should not become a broader “meeting” of the #MeToo movement, suggesting instead that victims hold their assailants directly accountable.
Ms. Conway made the personal revelation during an interview with Jake Tapper on the CNN program “State of the Union” during which she largely derided the “partisan politics” of Judge Kavanaugh’s hearing on Thursday.
Many, including Democratic senators, have seen Dr. Blasey’s testimony as a rallying cry for survivors of sexual abuse, saying that a vote for Judge Kavanaugh would be an endorsement of not only the alleged behavior but of a culture that condones it and dismisses its victims.
Ms. Conway pushed back against that notion.
“I feel very empathetic, frankly, for victims of sexual assault and sexual harassment and rape,” Ms. Conway said.
She then paused and cleared her throat.
“I’m a victim of sexual assault,” she said. “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.”
Now, look there is no way that I am going to suggest that Conway is not telling the truth here because I am just a guy, I don’t know the facts, and I have no right to judge the validity of her statement.
However, I will say that her statement that women are responsible for “their own conduct” does not suggest a lot of the empathy which you might expect from a fellow survivor of sexual assault.
What is more, this is a woman who knowingly works for the administration of a man accused by over a dozen women of sexual assault, lewd behavior in the workplace, and even rape.
So how does a person who has experienced this type of attack justify doing what she was doing during this CNN interview?
I just don’t get it.