Say what you will about Megyn “Santa is white” Kelly, but she has taken Donald Trump to task over his numerous negative comments about women. And when she interviewed his campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, Wednesday night, she again brought up the question of Donald Trump’s problem with women.
All Conway could do was parrot her boss and complain about Clinton’s mean ads.
At the end of the debate, after she tried to rough him up over a couple comments he’s made over 25 years or so with respect to women, he said ‘You know I came prepared to say some rough stuff, but I won’t do it because your family’s here and your daughter’s here, but it’s not nice that you’re running hundreds of millions of dollars in negative ads against me–‘ and he has a point. “
All Kelly could do was cock her head and say, “Kellyanne, come on.” Conway then said the ads weren’t true, which further seemed to flabbergast Kelly because Clinton’s ads all feature soundbites of Trump saying awful things in his own words.
The ads that she’s running when it comes to his comments about women use his words, Kellyanne. Use his words.”
Conway then tried to change the subject and asked why Clinton isn’t putting out ads about her personal vision for this country, which seemed to further shock Kelly, who explained that negative ads are part of the game because nominees always try to disqualify each other.
Kelly then hit Conway with the truth:
You raised the question about, you know, he made a couple comments over 25 years, you know that’s not true. You know he has repeatedly made comments about women, about their looks, about their size, about their weight. Even in this campaign talking about Carly Fiorina’s face, retweeting a negative picture about Heidi Cruz’s face, criticizing Hillary Clinton and her look, and Kellyanne, this is an issue for him, is it not?”
All Conway could answer with was an attack on what Hillary Clinton thinks about Obamacare and when the issue of the Democratic nominee’s scandals will come up. But Kelly wasn’t about to back down on her question, so she repeated herself:
My only point, the only reason I’ve asked is because you’re suggesting that somehow it was out of line somehow for that issue to come up.”
Again an exhausted-looking Conway brought up Clinton’s mean ads, and Kelly went for her jugular and wouldn’t let up on the question:
She’s killing him with women and she sees an advantage there and she’s trying to exploit it! And my question to you is, whether he needs to come up with a better answer than telling ‘Fox & Friends,’ ‘Well, she gained a bunch of weight when she won Miss Universe and she was a real problem’?”
Conway finally got on topic and conceded that Trump does indeed need to address his failings with women and play to his strengths, which is that he has hired thousands of women and compensated them well for their services throughout his career in business.
Kelly left herself completely out of Trump’s failings with women, but it’s worth mentioning she was also the focus of the nominee’s ire for raising this exact question in the first primary debate hosted on Fox News. For months, Trump lamented that the question Kelly raised was unfair and that she was probably on her period, which led her to be so rude. For months he called her “bimbo” on Twitter and his followers threatened her with death and boycotted her show. He even refused to show up to another debate later in the year that she co-moderated, after trying to get her kicked off the panel.
But Kelly merely saw the writing on the wall, and that was the real possibility that if Trump won the nomination he would be facing Clinton in a general election and that the largest demographic — the women’s vote — would be strongly in her court due to Trump’s awful, sexist and despicable comments about women throughout his entire life. And sure enough, Trump still, after all these months, has never addressed that problem or found a clever way to answer that question.
The fact that he still thinks the appropriate response to being accused of calling a beauty queen “Miss Piggy” is to point out in front of the nation that she got fat, means Trump has no idea how infuriating his comments are to women and is completely out of touch with women’s issues. He won’t find a more respectful way to speak to women, because women aren’t worth the respect. They either ignore his awful rhetoric or shove off.
We might not agree with Kelly on most political issues, but so far she’s hit Trump and his campaign hard over his terrible past, and deserves points for not allowing Conway to weasel out of the question.
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