Conway: Criticism of me is 'gender-based'

Presidential counselor Kellyanne Conway said in an interview at a conservative summit on Saturday that much of the criticism against her is “gender-based.”  

“I understand that we’re a nation of charged opinions and partisan rancor, but I do find that most of the vitriol comes from people who don’t know me, and who are very brave on social media,” Conway said in a response to a question from Bob Vander Plaats, president of social conservative group The Family Leader, at a conference in Des Moines, Iowa.

Conway, who served as President Trump's campaign manager, noted her relationships with female Democratic senators and other members of Congress, saying “we live in a nation where we all, particularly women, can disagree.”

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Conway also said a lot of the criticism directed toward her and Trump is "disconnected" from reality.

“It’s unbelievable how if I say something on a television program, or if the president says something, the reaction is so disconnected from what was just said,” she said.

“But so much of the criticism of me is so gender-based,” Conway added, while encouraging increased civility in policy debates. “I pray for my country and I pray for my critics.”

The criticism against her from other women, she claimed, “totally undercuts modern feminism saying that they are for women.”