With one line, a former contestant from Donald Trump’s beauty pageant reminded Kellyanne Conway why she has no place shaming women for their connections to Harvey Weinstein.
In the wake of Harvey Weinstein’s ignominious fall from grace amid a deluge of sexual harassment and assault allegations spanning decades, two stark facts highlight the culture of misogyny that empowers predators like him: the fact that other men who have done exactly the same thing remain securely in power, and the widespread impulse to blame women for his actions.
Both these realities are exemplified by counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway.
Conway has spent the last few days on TV and social media gloatingly saying Hillary Clinton is somehow responsible for Weinstein's behavior because they ran in the same circles. She called Clinton “a hypocrite about women’s empowerment” and said the former first lady and architect of the Office on Violence Against Women is “not trying to help victims of sexual assault.”
On Wednesday, Candace Smith, former Miss Ohio USA on Trump’s beauty pageant, illustrated Conway’s duplicity perfectly with one simple tweet:
Can you ask @KellyannePolls why Trump was even in my dressing room at Miss USA? I’m just trying to under the purpose
— IG: @TheCandaceSmith (@TheCandaceSmith) October 11, 2017
Smith knows from personal experience that Trump has a long history of predatory behavior toward young women.
Exactly! He would prey on the ones who lost so he could promise them help with their careers. I know girls he flew to NY to stay at Trump
— IG: @TheCandaceSmith (@TheCandaceSmith) October 12, 2017
This is not even a new accusation. Trump himself admitted to going into pageant contestants’ dressing rooms in a 2005 interview with Howard Stern.
“I'm allowed to go in because I'm the owner of the pageant and therefore I'm inspecting it," he bragged. "You know, I'm inspecting, I want to make sure that everything is good.”
And of course, he infamously boasted in the "Access Hollywood" tape that he sexually assaulted women and got away with it because he was a celebrity and had power over these women’s careers — exactly like Harvey Weinstein.
Conway wants to know what Clinton has done to help victims of sexual predators. The fact is, she ran against one for president.