Kellyanne Conway is many things. She’s the counselor to the president.
She coined the term “alternative facts.” She was the first woman to manage a successful presidential campaign (we’re still waiting for an apology for that one, by the way).
Conway’s also a pro-life advocate, a label that has been thrown into question after a video of Conway threatening to perform an abortion with a gun resurfaced online this week, because if you aren’t embroiled in a controversy of some kind, are you actually a member of the Trump administration?
Conway made the comments in a speech to the College Republican National Committee in July 2007.
She said at the time:
“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 because, you know, with a gun, because you, by implication, are suggesting that women can’t do the math.”
This isn’t the first time the video has resurfaced.
It previously made the rounds in 2018.
Conway was swiftly condemned.
I’ve never seen anyone less human.— Tzippy Shmilovitz (@Tzipshmil) February 4, 2019
Like during the Holocaust when the SS would shoot pregnant women up their vag and watch them suffer? Yeah, that sounds very "pro-life".— scout. (@brooklynburning) February 4, 2019
What the fuck? She is sick!!!
She should resign immediately.— bengrama (@wannabfoode) February 5, 2019
Lady, it's because of feminists that you have the choice to have the job you do. #HypocrisyThyNameIsKellyanne— Charlie Tango Bravo (@mnsotn) February 5, 2019
Well, that is not how the procedure is done. Someone flunked out of abortion college huh?— Daniel Densing (@DanielDensing2) February 5, 2019
Even NARAL Pro-Choice America weighed in.
The clip of Conway’s speech resurfaced via Mediaite after Conway falsely accused Virginia Governor Ralph Northam, who has had to field calls for his resignation after it emerged that his medical school yearbook page included a photo of a man in blackface posing with another in Ku Klux Klan garb, of supporting infanticide.
As you’ve probably guessed, Northam doesn’t support infanticide at all. In fact, he supported a bill that would loosen abortion restrictions and states life support “shall be available and utilized if there is any clearly visible evidence of viability.”
Conway’s statement forced Northam to explain why he’s thrown his support behind the measure (which is not likely to pass the Republican-controlled Virginia legislature).
“And it’s done in cases where there may be severe deformities. There may be a fetus that’s nonviable,” Northam said.
“So in this particular example, if a mother is in labor, I can tell you exactly what would happen. The infant would be delivered. The infant would be kept comfortable. The infant would be resuscitated if that’s what the mother and the family desired, and then a discussion would ensue between the physicians and the mother.”
When asked about his comments on late-term abortion last week, he said:
“I have no regrets.”
Democrat Virginia Governor Ralph Northam refuses to disavow his late term abortion comments saying: “I don’t have any regrets.” pic.twitter.com/PF2mdM0m0D— Steve Guest (@SteveGuest) January 31, 2019
Do you know what’s also resurfaced?
Conway’s admission in 2017 that she’s “sympathetic” to women who undergo abortions and that even helped a friend pay for the procedure in the past.
“Do I know anybody who ever got an abortion? Well, of course I do. I’ve driven them there. I’ve helped pay,” she told New York Magazine at the time, adding that she was a teenager at the time the incident occurred.
“You know, when you’re young, you’re thinking about the person, not the issue. We were younger, and I was focused on her, not on the larger public policy.”
That’s quite the about-face, and this is one hell of a soap opera. Someone, please hand Conway her Emmy already.
She’s clearly more committed to outdoing her own contradictions more than any performer out there.