White House counselor Kellyanne Conway defended Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh on Sunday, and also revealed that she has been a victim of sexual assault.
“I feel very empathetic, frankly, for victims of sexual assault, sexual harassment and rape,” Conway said CNN. “I’m a victim of sexual assault.”
She said the debate over Kavanaugh is not a “meeting of the Me Too movement.” She was referring to the movement that began a year ago and has seen multiple women level sexual misconduct accusations against men in high-profile positions of power in politics, media, and other fields.
“Let's not compare Harvey Weinstein and Bill Cosby, and a few others, to what's happened here,” Conway said. “If we're going to have a national conversation, stop judging the victims and perpetrators according to their politics.”
Conway said she has "just had it" with people saying it's all the same.
Should victims be heard?
“They should all be heard." Conway told CNN host Jake Tapper. "And they should be heard in courts of law. They should be heard in depositions. They should be heard in proceedings. Those who can prosecute, those who have civil and or criminal causes of action should pursue that."
“But we do treat people differently – who are either the victims or the perpetrators of this - based on the politics…based on their gender. And that’s a huge mistake," she added.
Kavanaugh was nominated to the Supreme Court by President Donald Trump and his confirmation vote is awaiting the outcome of a FBI investigation into allegations that he assaulted at least one woman in the early 1980s.
Last week, college professor Christine Blasey Ford testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee and alleged that Kavanaugh held her down, covered her mouth, and attempted to remove her clothing without consent. At the time, they were both in high school.
The FBI is reportedly investigating allegations by at least one other women.
What did she say about Trump?
Conway also said Trump should not be brought “into everything.” He has also faced accusations of sexual misconduct.
“People on Twitter and elsewhere are saying right now, ‘oh how can she work for Donald Trump?’ I work for President Trump because he’s so good to the woman who work for him,” she said. “I don’t want to hear it from anybody.”