Kellyanne Conway is reaching into her usual bag of tricks and outright lies to defend her boss as the impeachment inquiry picks up steam. Donald Trump has been backed into a corner now that it’s been revealed that he sought to abuse his powers as president to strongarm Ukraine into opening an investigation into Joe Biden and his son Hunter in the hopes of damaging the former’s possible 2020 candidacy.
Earlier today, Conway attacked Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) by making the ludicrous claim that she was intimidated by men into finally launching impeachment.
“She does the worst thing a woman in power could do, which is she just changes her mind because the men around her said, ‘Change your mind; we need impeachment,'” said Conway.
Beyond being patently false, the statement is also thrumming with barely subdued misogyny. Pelosi has always been a strong, independent-thinking leader. She doesn’t need anyone—least of all men in inferior positions of power—to tell her what to do. Republicans seem pathologically incapable of wrapping their heads around strong women in leadership roles.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-CA) saw Conway’s vile comments and took to Twitter to say that the idea of anyone intimidating Speaker Pelosi is “laughable.” AOC pointed out that over 80% of Congress was male when Pelosi assumed her Speakership, no small feat and one which proves she is more than a match for her male rivals.
Ocasio-Cortez then pivoted to focus on Conway and correctly identified that Trump’s lackey is “running out of excuses” and threw shade over her failure to respond appropriately to subpoenas from the House Oversight Committee. Once again, Conway has been outwitted and outplayed by AOC. At this point, Trump’s lackeys would be better off not making any media appearances at all. Every time they do they succeed only in embarrassing themselves and their odious boss.
Rob Haffey is a writer, filmmaker, and winner of the ScreenCraft Writing Fellowship. He is a graduate of Drexel University.