“I’m going to perform one of those on you.”
Kellyanne Conway joked in a 2007 video resurfaced Monday that she would like to perform an abortion “with a gun” on “gender studies feminists.”
Conway, now a counselor to President Donald Trump, was railing against what she deemed campus liberals‘ condescending activism on behalf of abortion “as if it’s a number one issue with normal women.”
“I always love to say to those gender studies people, if you say ‘abortion’ or ‘stem cells’ or ‘guns’ one more time, I’m going to perform one of those on you, with a gun, because you, by implication, are suggesting that women can’t do the math,” Conway said, speaking at the College Republican National Committee in Washington, DC.
Conway made the comments during a Q&A with conservative students following a nearly 30-minute rant against out-of-touch liberal elites. In the speech, Conway accused progressives of seeking to impose their ever-shifting standards of political correctness on everyday Americans.
“Politics is meant to respond to culture, not the other way around,” Conway said. “The political class shouldn’t make these rules and regulations and then expect us to learn them chapter and verse, hire our own personal attorneys and accountants to figure them out, and then conform the way we worship our gods and school our children, and use the money that we’ve earned, and how many pieces of toilet paper we use in the bathroom, and all the things the left is trying to impose upon us.”
Conway also tapped her longtime work as a pollster to offer the insight that even though the Republican brand was losing public support, conservatism was baked into the American apple pie. She said that the party’s policies would ultimately win out over the Democrats’ allegedly hippy-dippy messaging.
Mediaite reporter Tommy Christopher tried to leverage the video, recorded on July 13, 2007, to call Conway out for supposedly being a hypocrite in her opposition to abortion. He called her joke about aborting the fetuses of gender-studies types with a firearm “ghoulish.”
The premise of Conway’s “joke” appears to be that women who prioritize reproductive health should be shot through the uterus at an unspecified angle, terminating the pregnancy, and presumably not leaving the woman in great shape, either. Neither result seems very conducive to “life.”
To his mind, the sting of hypocrisy was sharpened by Conway’s statement on Monday accusing Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, a Democrat, of supporting “infanticide.” In defending a bill in his state that would loosen restrictions on third-trimester abortions, Northam seemed to suggest that the legislation would allow for the killing of newborns. His office later rejected that interpretation.
However, the full video of Conway’s remarks could just as easily be viewed as an indictment of today’s progressives, and not just because of the abortion jab. Conway used her time at the podium to repeatedly accuse the left of hypocrisy, at one point singling out “Learjet liberals” who grandstand about global warming while flying around the world on private planes.
Big League Sports gave fuel to that view of liberals over the weekend when the right-wing website dug up a photo from Northam’s 1984 medical school yearbook page that showed two people in racist costumes: one in black face and the other in full Ku Klux Klan regalia.
Northam at first apologized for appearing in the photo. But amid bipartisan demands for his resignation, he held a bizarre press conference Saturday in which he reversed course and denied that either of the people in the offending photo were him. Then, on Monday, Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax, also a Democrat, was publicly accused of sexual assault, which he denied. The Washington Post admitted it had held back on reporting the allegations more than a year ago for lack of corroborating evidence.
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