United States of America (People)- Kellyanne Conway: Why I Told My Daughters It Was Okay to Support Hillary Clinton: 2016 was a year of firsts for women in politics. Though she ultimately suffered a crushing loss to Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton will nonetheless go down in history as the first female presidential nominee of a major party. On the other side of the aisle, Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway earned her place as the first woman to run a winning presidential bid.
Though they fought on opposite sides in the election, Conway tells TIME now that she has great respect for Clinton’s presidential campaign – and that she shared that sentiment with her three elementary-school-aged daughters when she explained why she wasn’t supporting the history-making Democratic nominee.
“I would tell them that I respect very much that Secretary Clinton was running for president, and it showed that in this country, anybody can do anything if they set their mind to it,” recalled Conway, who has four young children — three daughters and a son — with her husband, New York lawyer George T. Conway III. “At the same time, I tried to explain to them that you could be excited for someone with whom you disagree, and share in that moment in history as a proud American.”
Kellyanne Conway and her daughter Claudia at the Women’s Empowerment Panel at the White House on March 29.
In the interview, Conway also discussed how she first made a name for herself as a Republican pollster — despite what she described as “an immediate source of curiosity” about her gender from many members of the GOP.
“In Republican politics, particularly 20 some years ago, there were few women. There were few women consultants, there were few women candidates, there were certainly few women congressmen and office-holders,” she said. “I’d walk into the RNC and I’d walk into other Republican political situations, which I have described as walking into the men’s locker room at the Elks Club holding a bachelor party. “My comfort level came in learning how to think like a man and to behave like a lady,” Conway added.