Trump's Campaign Manager Blamed Assault Victims Too

Election '16

Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway was not expecting an impromtu fact check from Fox News host Megyn Kelly late Sunday. During the interview, Conway backed Donald Trump's invitation of Bill Clinton's accusers to the second presidential debate.

"These women wanted to be heard and we were very happy to have them as our guests tonight," Conway told Kelly.

That's when Kelly explained that they had.

"Just for the record, two out of the three women there who were accusing him had given sworn testimony under oath that Bill Clinton never touched them," Kelly said. "So there are real questions in those cases about whether they are really victims. I pass no individual judgment; just that there are questions."

"Well, you and I both know that sexual assault victims are often afraid to come forward, afraid to tell the truth, afraid that it's their fault, which of course is not true," Conway told Kelly. 

This is coming from the same person who claimed rape victims were physiologically weak on PBS' "To the Contrary" in January 2013. 

"If we were physiologically—not mentally, emotionally, professionally—equal to men, if we were physiologically as strong as men, rape would not exist," Conway said. "You would be able to defend yourself and fight him off."

"[Juanita Broaddrick] alleged that in 1978 [Bill Clinton] had raped her," Kelly told Conway. "But she had denied that under oath repeatedly. It took her 21 years to change her story. There were no witnesses, there were no charges brought, there was never a lawsuit, and she told the FBI investigator for Ken Starr that no one from the White House had ever pressured her to stay silent and that there'd been no intimidation."

"She's not on trial here," Conway said.

As for Trump's indiscretions, the campaign manager did not excuse the nominee's language and was "glad he asked for forgiveness."

"Everyone can listen to the tape for themselves and draw their own conclusions... I'm just telling you who he is," Conway insisted. 

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