There are many reasons that a massively-attended protest rally organized and attended mostly by women followed the inauguration of Donald Trump. The election of a misogynistic bigot struck many women – and rightly so – as a major regression from gains made in terms of women’s rights and equality.
Yet Trump mouthpiece Kellyanne Conway feels that women have been empowered by the new presidential administration and retweeted what she sees as proof of this new equality under Trump.
Yes, that is three women who are pictured there, not two. However, that isn’t even the most shocking misrepresentation behind that retweet. What Conway fails to note in her glee at showing how very inclusive of women Donald Trump is lies in the answer to what it cost all three of those women to earn their positions.
The asking price for this form of “empowerment” was no less than their credibility, their reputations, and their souls.
Both Kellyanne Conway and Sarah Huckabee Sanders have been forced, in their support of Trump, to repeatedly spout easily debunked lies, embarrassing themselves and shaming the country as part of their daily tasks. Hope Hicks is slightly more new to the public image scene, but is most famous so far for her Trump-approved propaganda.
‘President Trump has a magnetic personality and exudes positive energy, which is infectious to those around him. He has an unparalleled ability to communicate with people, whether he is speaking to a room of three or an arena of 30,000. He has built great relationships throughout his life and treats everyone with respect. He is brilliant with a great sense of humor … and an amazing ability to make people feel special and aspire to be more than even they thought possible.’
What is even more disturbing – and of course, not mentioned – in Conway’s retweet is the fact that all three of these women have stood behind a man who has called all women a “piece of a**,” bragged about grabbing women “by the p*ssy,” and rates them as valid or invalid by his judgment of their individual attractiveness. Selling out your fellow women is not empowerment, it’s just selling out.
Twitter was quick to point out these and many other issues with Conway’s too-sad-to-be-laughable retweet.