Trump Campaign Hires 'Gender Gap' Expert Kellyanne Conway, Who Touts 'Femininity, Not Feminism'

Today, the Trump campaign announced the hire of Kellyanne Conway, a Republican pollster who touts herself as an expert on the “gender gap.” In a statement, the campaign said that Conway will serve as senior advisor to campaign chair, Paul Manafort. The campaign noted that Conway is “widely regarded as an expert on female consumers and voters.”

The Trump campaign might be congratulated for realizing that, despite Trump’s bloviating about how he’s going to be great for women, they have a rather noticeable problem with women voters. A recent Reuters poll found that half of American women have a “very unfavorable” view of the animated bottle of self-tanner currently running for President. In an effort to continue driving a wedge between Trump and female voters, both the Clinton campaign and anti-Trump conservative groups have released ads featuring all of the incredibly terrible and very dumb things Trump has said about women. And they’re very effective.

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Conway’s hire is likely an attempt to reframe that narrative, but given her history, it’s likely that if Trump does attempt a direct appeal to women, those women will be of a particular traditional conservative mold. To get a sense of Conway’s perspective on gender and the “gender gap,” take the speech (video above) she gave to the Conservative Women’s Network in 2011, an event co-sponsored by the very conservative Clare Boothe Luce Foundation and Heritage Foundation. In the speech, Conway bemoans feminism as “gloom and doom,” and argues that “femininity is replacing feminism as a leading attribute for American women.” She then continues with some familiar talking points for conservative women, namely that hating men (“the revulsion towards men in your life”) is “part and parcel of the feminist movement.” She also shares some helpful fashion tips like, “If women want to be taken seriously in the workforce, looking feminine is a good place to start.”

Conway has a long history advising male candidates on how to appeal to women and, given her client roster, it’s hard to tell if she’s very bad at her job or was hired by some of the most irredeemably sexist men in politics. Her resume includes work for Newt Gingrich and Indiana Governor Mike Pence, as well as President of Keep the Promise, a single candidate PAC that supported Ted Cruz. According to its website, the PAC sought to “restore America’s standing in the world as a shining city on a hill.”

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Perhaps her most famous client was Todd Akin, the 2012 Missouri Senate candidate whose legacy is the phrase “legitimate rape.” According to Politico, in 2013, Conway was paid by House Republicans for doling out the following advice:

Conway said rape is a “four-letter word,” and Republicans simply need to stop talking about it in their races for office.

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It’s telling that in the twenty-first century, members of the House of Representatives needed to pay a woman to tell them that. It’s equally telling that Trump, with his affinity for comparing nearly everything to rape, needs someone to tell him that.

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As much I hate to admit it. She has some points. Feminism has caused women to be unhappy because we’re actively ignoring some of the fundamental differences between men and women. Now before you beer guzzling, gas pumping, plant eating lesbians jump down my throat-hear me out!

1. Pants cause infertility in women due to a lack of oxygen to her lady parts. Probably.

2. Not wearing lipstick causes autism in 75 percent of all cases except for the times it doesn’t.

3. As we all know, Men’s hands are formed to carry briefcases. Womens hands can only safely hold a penis and spatula. If a woman tries to hold a briefcase she activates an ancient Egyptian curse that brings a plague upon her household.

4. The plague is a desire to kiss another woman.

5. Abraham Lincoln used to be a woman but put on a manly hat and was transformed into a man. He later freed slaves. Imagine how nice it would be to have slaves.

6. Later he was shot.

7. Global warming was caused by more women driving to the workplace.

8. Look it up.

9. Just kidding. There is no global warming.

10. I have a lot of self worth issues.

11. Please listen to me, guys.

12. I really need this.

13. Because my father was an alcoholic and philanderer and I internalized that if my mother had been a better wife he would have loved me more.

14. Women are nags. ARENT WE haha I’m pretty ARENT i? My husband will never leave me? Right RIGHT? Do you want to be my friend?? We can sit around and put on makeup. That’s acceptable right? I’m so bored. Im not allowed to read. But that’s okay. It puts bad thoughts into my head. But I do get a little bored. The baby blues I call them even though my baby is 12.

And my husband doesn’t talk to me. But I don’t complain. He's tired. And I’m a good wife. I love only speaking to the children. And making dinner! It’s so nice to see the look on hubby’s face after a long day. He’ll never leave me right? I’m a good wife. I woke up at 4 to put on my makeup and make all the lunches. I go to bed at 2am after pressing his shirts, He’ll never leave me, right? Right right right? I’m a good wife. Good wife. Wife. Good. I’m good.