Last week, in an interview with White House aide Kellyanne Cooper, CNN news host Anderson Cooper was caught doing an eye roll and inspired speculation all over social media. His grilling of Conway, who was also President Donald Trump’s campaign manager, came while she was defending Trump’s decision to fire FBI Director James Comey. Conway suggested that Cooper’s eye roll was possibly “sexist.”
“Possibly sexist, definitely what I call ‘Trumpist’… Which is, many people who go on TV are treated like a house guest. And then when we go on TV, we’re not.” Describing the exchange for Fox News Channel’s Howard Kurtz, Conway drew a parallel between herself and Hillary Clinton and gave the example of what the response would be if a male news anchor had rolled his eyes at the former Secretary of State.
Speaking on Sunday, Conway said, “Could you imagine rolling your eyes, having a male anchor on a network roll eyes at Hillary Clinton… a female representative/spokesperson for President Obama or President Bill Clinton?”
She recalled that during her exchange with Cooper, when Cooper told her, “You make no sense… does not help the democracy,” she responded, “Let me tell you something: Hillary Clinton is in search of sexism as a lame excuse for why her disastrous candidacy and campaign lost six months ago… I face sexism a lot of times when I show up for interviews like that.”
Cooper then played a series of clips from the campaign. In one of them, Trump praised Comey’s handling of the Clinton email investigation. “[Cooper] had me sit through a bunch of tapes showing then candidate Trump commending Jim Comey about Hillary Clinton’s emails, talking about him, etc… And the fact is that they showed all these clips and it showed candidate Trump in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and I said ‘Hey, thanks for the trip down memory lane and talked about winning Michigan,’ and then he rolled his eyes.”
Conway also reviewed the media, without name any individual reporter or media source in particular, which she said focused on criticisms while ignoring “the news reports or the facts.”
“It feels like there's this conclusion in search of evidence,” she said, adding later: “No good comes out of it … having to hear all the blather and having to hear all the nonsense and the negativity and the falsities.”
Kurtz wondered about Trump's tweets, such as when he tweeted, “James Comey better hope that there are no 'tapes' of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!” Kurtz asked, “How do you not cover that as a story?” Conway did not directly address that tweet but did highlight what she called the media's “obsession with every tweet and every comment,” while ignoring things such as the “amazing trade deal” with China. “That'll impact more people. it's like, 'Trade deal on beef with China. Yawn!' " Conway said. “That's news. That affects people. That's significant movement.”
It is likely that Conway was referring to a recent government report stating that the economy gained 235,000 jobs in February, while the unemployment rate dropped to 4.7 percent, compared with 4.8 percent in January. The Trump administration also recently inked deals with China to obtain access for a variety of American products, including beef and financial services.