Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway has accused Hillary Clinton of pretending to be a feminist after the former presidential candidate claimed she lost the 2016 election in part because women in the Republican Party vote like their husbands, bosses and other males.
“She is, again, insulting half of the country,” Conway said on Fox News's Fox & Friends show Thursday, before speaking directly to Clinton. “Let me tell you something, lady. The idea that I, or other women like me, have to ask our husbands how to vote, it’s really a joke. Particularly since—I won’t say her name, but I’ll appeal to you directly—particularly since this country knows who you are, first and foremost, because of whom you married.”
Conway told Clinton to “stop pretending you’re a feminist, you’re for equality, you’re for fairness for women, and then running around accusing us of checking with our husbands and significant others before we vote.”
She added that Clinton lost to Donald Trump because the public perceives her as “somebody with special privileges, somebody who didn’t play by the rules.”
Among controversies that plagued Clinton was her use of a personal email server for official correspondence while serving as secretary of state under former President Barack Obama.
In a speech in India last week, Clinton blamed her loss on a lack of support from women and married white men. “Part of that is an identification with the Republican Party, and a sort of ongoing pressure to vote the way that your husband, your boss, your son, whoever believes you should,” she said.
Conway isn’t the only political figure who disagrees with Clinton’s remarks. Even Democrats and those who previously worked closely with Clinton were said to be less than enthusiastic.
“She put herself in a position where [Democrats] from states that Trump won will have to distance themselves from her even more,” a former senior Clinton aide told The Hill. “That’s a lot of states.”
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