Kellyanne Conway on Women's March: 'We...Frankly Didn't See the Point'; Diatribe, Not Dialogue

By Susan Jones | January 23, 2017 | 5:32am EST
Demonstrators attend the Women's March on Washington near the White House on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017 in Washington. (AP Photo/Sait Serkan Gurbuz)

( - What did President Trump think of the women's march on Saturday, Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway was asked on Sunday.

"I discussed it with him briefly," Conway told ABC's "This Week" with George Stephanopoulos. "We respect people's First Amendment rights but 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, can we have a dialogue?

"And you have celebrities from the podium using profanity-laced insults. You have a very prominent singer who is worth hundreds of millions of dollars not going over to women shelter here in D.C. to write a check, but instead saying that she thought of, quote, burning down the White House.

Conway was referring to Madonna, who told the women gathered in Washington: "Yes, I have thought an awful lot about blowing up the White House. But I know that this won't change anything. We cannot fall into despair...I choose love."

Madonna said some terrible things about President Trump, including sexual suggestions expressed with profanity.

Conway noted that the American people just held an election. "And a lot of what I heard from this march yesterday in Washington, we heard all through the election. And that whole messaging and their candidate, Hillary Clinton, lost. Twenty-nine to 30 million women voted for Donald Trump. Their voices are heard as well. They should be respected.

"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 school, who don't have access to health care, who don't have access to an economic, affordable life. And those are the -- those are the people that we're here for, the forgotten men, the forgotten women and their children.

Gloria Steinem, center right, greets protesters at the barricades before speaking at the Women's March on Washington during the first full day of Donald Trump's presidency, Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017 in Washington. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

"And I just thought it was such a contrast to have President Trump deliver an inaugural address that was so uplifting and aspirational and inclusive of America -- if you open your heart to patriotism, there's no room for prejudice, and then the very next day, you have these profanity-laced, threatening, vulgar comments coming from the podium.

"The whole celebrity thing didn't work for Hillary Clinton. She tried that in her campaign and it failed," Conway added.

According to the Associated Press, more than a million women (and men) turned out Saturday at demonstrations across the nation, apparently to oppose President Trump's agenda and to fight for "women's rights."

Appearing on CBS's "Face the Nation," Conway said Donald Trup "hears and sees a country that is divided."

"Donald Trump didn't divide the country," she said, "but as president, he has a great opportunity to help heal and unify it." She added, "He is going to be a president for all Americans."

And in a heated interview conducted by NBC's Chuck Todd, Conway again noted that "everything we heard from the these women yesterday happened on the watch of Barack Obama. He was president for eight years, Donald Trump has been here for about eight hours."

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