Kellyanne Conway Just Victim-Blamed Abuse Survivors For Not Being “Strong” Or “Smart” Like Hope Hicks
Notorious presidential adviser Kellyanne Conway has come under fire for her recent comments regarding Hope Hicks and her alleged boyfriend Rob Porter amidst abuse allegations by his 2 ex-wives.
Conway claimed she isn’t worried Hicks will be abused because she is “strong” and “smart,” which many critics have called blatant victim-blaming.
Is Hope Hicks Still Dating Rob Porter?
Hope Hicks, 29, is rumored to be dating former White House aid Rob Porter, 40, who recently resigned from his position after both of his former wives accused him of domestic abuse.
Hicks has yet to publicly confirm the relationship, but the two have been seen numerous times in public together on what appeared to be romantic dates.
What Rob Porter’s Ex-Wives Have Revealed About Their Abusive Marriages
Porter’s ex-wives Colbie Holderness and Jennifer Willoughby have both come forward about their alleged abuse during their respective marriages.
His first wife Holderness released a photo of her with a black eye allegedly given to her by her ex-husband who punched and choked her. Willoughby revealed the abuse started as early as their honeymoon when he called her a “fucking bitch” and grabbed her out of the shower.
Kellyanne Conway’s Comments On Hope Hicks & Rob Porter Are Concerning
While on CNN’s State of the Union, Conway admitted that while she believes Porter’s ex-wives were abused, she doesn’t believe Hicks is in any danger:
"I'm very close to Hope Hicks," Conway said. “I don’t worry about her in that respect. I’m sorry for any suffering that this woman has endured. But in the case of Hope, I’ve rarely met somebody so strong with such excellent instincts and loyalty and smarts.”
Did Kellyanne Conway Victim-Blame Abuse Survivors?
Many critics have accused the notorious White House aid of victim-blaming survivors for being too weak or incapable of preventing or stopping their abuse.
This dangerous sentiment implies that all would-be-victims are immune to potential abuse if they simply try hard enough to protect themselves. It also implies that women who do fall victim to abuse are weak and shames them for not being “strong” enough, when the reality is that victims come in all shapes, sizes, personalities, and backgrounds.
Does Kellyanne Conway Think Hope Hicks Is Immune To Abuse By Rob Porter Because She Is Too “Strong” To Be A Victim?
While Porter’s ex-wife Willoughby believes Porter will eventually be abusive toward Hicks if he hasn’t been already, Conway seems to believe that Hicks could never be subjected to such behavior.
This isn’t the first victim-blaming mindset to come out of the current White House administration. Conway’s statement sounds eerily similar to one made by Eric Trump when asked about his sister, Ivanka, and sexual harassment in the workplace.
What Did Eric Trump Say About Ivanka Trump & Sexual Harassment In The Workplace?
Back in 2016, Eric Trump argued that his sister, Ivanka, would never put herself in a position where sexual harassment was taking place:
"Ivanka is a strong, powerful woman, she wouldn't allow herself to be [subjected] to it. And, by the way, you should take it up with Human Resources, and I think she would, as a strong person, at the same time, I don't think she would allow herself to be subjected to that.”
What Kellyanne Conway & The Trump Administration Gets Wrong About Abuse
I honestly can’t say I’m too surprised by Kellyanne Conway’s and Eric Trump’s comments regarding abuse and assault. After all, President Trump has been accused of sexual misconduct by more than a dozen women and no one in the White House seems to mind.
It’s important for victims of abuse to not internalize the harmful message that they somehow “allow” their abuse to happen. They should never be shamed while they struggle to find the courage to tell someone and leave when they feel safe enough to do so.