White House counselor Kellyanne Conway revealed she, too, is a victim of sexual assault, choking up as she made her admission in an emotional interview on CNN Sunday morning.
Conway was defending Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination when she said she, too, was a victim.
‘I feel very empathetic, frankly, for victims of sexual assault and sexual harassment and rape. I’m a victim of sexual assault. I don’t expect Judge Kavanaugh or Jake Tapper or Jeff Flake or anybody to be held responsible for that,’ she said, clearing her throat and pausing to take a breath.
‘You have to be responsible for your own conduct,’ she told CNN’s Jake Tapper on ‘State of the Union.’
She went on to defend Kavanaugh, saying he was no Bill Cosby, who was convicted of drugging and raping a woman.
‘This is not Bill Cosby,’ she said, adding that Kavanaugh wasn’t to be compared to Bill Clinton or Harvey Weinstein either.
She also showed sympathy for the victims of sexual assault who confronted Republican Sen. Jeff Flake in an elevator on Friday, which he cited as part of the reason he asked for an FBI investigation into the allegations against Kavanaugh.
‘I want those women who were sexually assaulted and confronting Jeff Flake, god bless them, but go blame the perpetrator. That’s who is responsible for out sexual assaults – the people who commit them,’ Conway said.
Tapper expressed his sympathy to Conway, who offered no further details on her assault.
‘This is the first time I’ve ever heard you talk about something personal like that and I’m really sorry,’ he said.
‘I’ve just had it,’ Conway said.
He went on to ask her about President Donald Trump, who has allegations of assault against him, but Conway warned him not to go there.
‘You work for a president who said all the women who have accused him are lying…,’ Tapper began.
Conway interrupted him: ‘Don’t conflate that with this and certainly don’t conflate it with what happened to me. It would be a huge mistake Jake. Let’s not do it. Don’t always bring Trump into everything that happens in this universe. That’s mistake number one.’