Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump earned high praise on Wednesday for appointing Republican political strategist and pollster Kellyanne Conway as his new campaign manager.
Conway, who has specialized in working with women candidates and attracting female voters, will accompany Trump on the campaign trail and help him stay focused before he takes the microphone at his daily rallies. “If Kellyanne Conway really gets on the plane with Trump, goes to events, and keeps him focused, I don’t care what the downside is for Trump’s chances of winning; that improves his chances of winning,” Mark Halperin said on his daily show “With All Due Respect” on Bloomberg TV.
The promotion was also seen as an effort by Trump to bolster his atrocious poll numbers among women. “I’m the first female Republican campaign manager in presidential political history and that tells you a lot about Donald Trump and it also tells you a great deal about him,” Conway said in an interview on Thursday’s “CBS This Morning” program. “I think it’s symptomatic of who Donald Trump has been in his own corporation and elevating and promoting women.”
But feminist trailblazer Gloria Steinem was not very impressed by the appointment.
“It’s like seeing an anti-Semitic candidate being managed by a Jewish person,” Steinem said in an interview with Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric on Wednesday. “It’s not heartening at all. I can’t imagine why she’s doing it.”
Steinem’s analogy could be attributed to the fact that Trump has been criticized during the campaign for his tepid denouncement of anti-Semitic supporters and for tweeting an image of Clinton and a Star of David created by a racist Twitter user and circulated by white-supremacists.
At the time, Conway pointed to Trump’s Jewish daughter and son-in-law and connection with the Jewish community to defuse the growing angst of Trump’s candidacy. “I’m going to side with Dan Scavino, who’s married to a Jewish woman, and Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump on this,” Conway told CNN. “They know the full measure of a man and we all know that Mr. Trump opened up his club in Florida to Jewish members for the first time. That’s much more important in my view in measuring the way someone looks at people.”
In Wednesday’s interview, Steinem, who was born to a Jewish father, said that Trump is “the candidate of discontent, hatred and nostalgia for a past that never actually existed. It is unprecedented that we have had someone with so little experience, so little accuracy, so much bombast, such a bully.”
“He’s the candidate of unnamed resentments and everybody knows his name,” she added.