Counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway suggested Friday that 2020 presidential candidate Cory Booker is being held to a different standard on sexism than Republicans are, wondering aloud why he hasn’t been criticized for jumping into a Democratic field already densely populated with female candidates.
“I would ask him a couple questions today as he runs from my native New Jersey,” Conway said in an interview on Fox News’ “Fox & Friends.”
“One is, what is wrong with the candidates that are already in there? What is your objection to [California Sen.] Kamala Harris running, [Massachusetts Sen.] Elizabeth Warren, [New York Sen.] Kirsten Gillibrand, these others who have already announced, [Hawaii Rep.] Tulsi Gabbard maybe? If he were a Republican running against them, they immediately would call him a sexist for running against these women in the Democratic field.”
Booker, a Democratic senator from New Jersey, had long been expected to enter the 2020 race and officially did so Friday morning, posting a launch video online loaded with soaring rhetoric and touting his history as mayor of Newark, New Jersey. He is the highest-profile man to announce a 2020 White House bid and joins Harris, Gillibrand and Warren in the group of senators who have either announced 2020 exploratory committees or campaigns.
President Donald Trump, was roundly criticized during the 2016 campaign for his attacks against Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and women in general, including his assertion that the former secretary of state “doesn’t have the look” and “doesn’t have the stamina” to be president. The president also made a crude comment about menstruation aimed at then-Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly, criticized the physical appearance of 2016 GOP primary candidate Carly Fiorina and attacked numerous women who accused him of sexual misconduct.
In her Friday morning Fox News interview, Conway, a New Jersey native, also criticized Booker for his record as mayor of Newark and for some of his tactics during the confirmation hearing for now-Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. She also accused him of backing off his previous school choice advocacy for political reasons.
But ultimately,she said the Trump administration welcomes his candidacy, poking fun at the breadth of the Democratic field, which already has more than half a dozen candidates.
“Welcome, the water seems warm,” she said. “Welcome to dive in along with,I don’t know, 10, 15, 30 other Democratic candidates.”