The first major speaker at CPAC 2017 was White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway, who spoke about her working relationship with Donald Trump, as well as her view on American women and her own success. She also suggested that women “just have a problem with women in power.”
“Women in this country work so hard, and not all of them get their shot. I worked hard, but I also feel like I got my opportunity,” Conway said this morning at CPAC.
She also said that Trump is misunderstood as a “great boss to women,” noting that he has been “promoting and elevating women in the Trump Corporation, in the Trump campaign, and in the Trump cabinet… certainly in the Trump White House. It’s just a natural affinity for him.”
She also explained why she thought Trump beat Hillary Clinton. “Many women looked past the commonality of gender, and were looking for what they shared in terms of issues, ideology, vision, and just what they want out of their futures.”
Later on, Conway said, “It turns out that a lot of women just have a problem with women in power.” However, as New York Times exit polls show, Clinton beat Trump 54-42 among women.
Conway also said that she finds it difficult to label herself a feminist in the “classic sense,” because “it seems to be very anti-male and it certainly is very pro-abortion.”
The appearance was part of her slowly climbing back into the spotlight after spending a week away from the cameras. Some suspected that this was because she said Trump had “full confidence” in Michael Flynn just hours after he resigned from the National Security Adviser post. In an interview with Sean Hannity on Fox News Wednesday, Conway claimed that she wasn’t sidelined and said that only “about five percent” of her job is appearing on TV.
The interview with Hannity was her first appearance on television in a week. She also appeared on Fox & Friends before heading to CPAC and said that the Trump administration is “playing the long ball” and hopes to be in Washington for eight years. If that happened, Trump would be the fourth consecutive president to have two terms.