White House counselor Kellyanne Conway dismissed the Women’s March on Washington on Sunday, saying she “didn’t see the point” of holding a polarizing demonstration while the country is trying to unite behind a new president.
“We certainly respect people’s First Amendment rights,” Ms. Conway said on ABC’s “This Week.” “But I frankly didn’t see the point. I mean, you have a day after he’s uplifting and unifying, and you have folks here being on a diatribe where I think they could have requested a dialogue. Nobody called me and said, ‘Hey, could we have a dialogue?’”
She criticized the protest for purporting to speak for millions of ordinary Americans by featuring out-of-touch celebrities like Madonna.
“You have celebrities from the podium using profanity-laced insults,” Ms. Conway said. “You have a very prominent singer who’s worth hundreds of millions of dollars not going over to a woman’s shelter here in D.C. to write a check, but instead saying that she thought of, quote, ‘Burning down the White House.’”
“I just thought they missed an opportunity to be about solutions and to really fight for those millions of women whose kids are trapped in failing schools, who don’t have access to health care, who don’t have access to an economic affordable life,” she continued.
Ms. Conway also pointed out that President Trump won the majority of the white female vote during the election.
“Their candidate Hillary Clinton lost — 29 to 30 million women voted for Donald Trump,” she said. “Their voices are heard, as well. They should be respected.”