Kellyanne Conway, a counselor to the President, has urged reporters that they should not ask sexist questions to Senator Kamala Harris, especially now when Harris has named running mate for Democratic nominee Joe Biden.
Conway said without citing any particular example while speaking to the press on Wednesday outside the White House that the media should ask about defunding the police from Harris, “instead of saying, ‘You look nice in this jacket.’ How embarrassing and by the way, how sexist.”
Conway also told the reporter to pass on the messages to his colleagues. Besides this, Conway has also defended President Donald Trump in the past or the sexiest remarks made by him. She said, “It’s very disheartening to watch—and I think some of them should recuse themselves—people excited about what jacket she’s going to buy and just giggling some girl time in a dressing room.”
Conway added, “I hope that we’re going to see fair coverage because America deserves that. They’re trying to get information, not opinion when it comes to who these folks are.”
The media coverage of female politicians is usually focused on their looks or personal lives instead of their policies. In the year 2018, when she was first and the only female from the dominant political party in the race for President, Hillary Clinton has also gone through the incursion of the topics related to her haircut, pantsuits, and her smile. Conway also said that American people must be ready to vote for a woman over Trump, whether it includes Clinton’s name on the ballot. Conway said, “Was this country in 2016 ready for a female president? Absolutely. Just not the one that was running.”
On Tuesday, an announcement was made by Biden stating that he has chosen Harris as his running mate. Previously he was assured to chose a woman as his veep, on which Trump said this was a decision that offended men.
Before the announcement, Trump told Clay Travis, a host of Outkick, that “some people would say that men are insulted” From the choice of Biden from the pool of female candidates only. Conway congratulated Harris on Wednesday for being the first black woman to secure her name for the presidential ticket. But she also argued that Harris was not able to get the same respect and admiration four years ago when she was “the first woman to ever run a Republican presidential campaign.”
She further added, “We don’t treat all women the same, especially women who were the first to make history, but that’s alright. I’ll have my say one day.”
Newsweek has also tried to get comments from Biden’s campaign but unable to hear back from them.