Kellyanne Conway — Republican strategist and advisor to US President Donald Trump — is in the news for many reasons these days, take your pick… whether it is the coinage of the term “alternative facts” (er, non-true facts are not facts), or saying she didn’t see the point of the Women’s March, or for saying that some of the awful things her boss said about women aren’t offensive… And there is a call to just stop putting her on TV.
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But that’s not likely to happen any time soon, since she’s one of the most visible faces of the Trump administration, so here are some Things to know about Kellyanne Conway:
Her background as a pollster who helped the Republicans connect with women voters might have been a main reason she was brought on to the campaign
– A George Washington University graduate in Law, Conway worked with Luntz Research Companies before establishing her own polling company in 1995.
She has also done polling for American Express, ABC News and Major League Baseball and such companies to help them connect with female American consumers
“Alternative facts are not facts. They are falsehoods,” Chuck Todd tells Pres. Trump’s counselor Kellyanne Conway this morning. WATCH: pic.twitter.com/Ao005dQ13r
— Meet the Press (@MeetThePress) January 22, 2017
– Before she was brought on to be on Trump’s team of campaign managers, Conway was in fact rooting for Senator Ted Cruz in 2015, Trump’s arch-rival. So much so that she even helped organise attack ads against Trump.
Kellyanne Conway was the first woman to run a Republican presidential campaign
Conway has worked with many conservatives. She was brought on as the advisor to connect women voters with Trump and was eventually promoted to leading the whole campaign.
Donald Trump was down in the polls by 10 percent to Hillary Clinton when Conway took over
– Conway has co-authored a book along with a Democrat Celinda Lake, in which they talk about how women are changing the face of success in all spheres of work.
“What Women Really Want: How American Women Are Quietly Erasing Political, Racial, Class, and Religious Lines to Change the Way We Live” is the book opening conversations around women-centric power force.
– Her fight with the Clintons is not new to the public. During the 1996 elections, this is what Conway had to say about Bill Clinton: “To some [women] character means substantive positions on the issues, to others it means you broke your promise. To others, it is a matter of personal virtue. But to most, it’s just this whole idea of general honesty, trustworthy and integrity. And right now, Bill Clinton doesn’t score as high as Bob Dole on those issues with women.” (Source: providencejournal.com)
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Her work indeed put Trump ahead in the game. 56 percent of white women voted for Trump, a shocking number for most of us to consider, given some of the misogynistic things he said, and a number none of us believed Donald Trump could achieve.
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