Kellyanne Conway Says Cory Booker Would Be Called 'Sexist' for Running Against Women in 2020 if He Were Republican

Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway reacted to Democratic Senator Cory Booker becoming the highest profile man Friday to announce his presidential bid, claiming that if he were a Republican running against female candidates, he would immediately be called "sexist."

Conway attacked Booker after Fox News' Fox & Friends co-host Ainsley Earhardt asked her to comment on the Trump administration's reaction to Booker's announcement that morning.

"I would ask him a couple of questions as he runs from my native New Jersey," Conway replied. "One is, What's wrong with the candidates that are already in there? What's your objection to Kamala Harris running, Elizabeth Warren, Kirsten Gillibrand, these others that are already announced? Tulsi Gabbard, maybe."

Conway continued: "If he were a Republican running against them, they would immediately call him a sexist for running against these women in the Democratic field."

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That Democratic field is shaping up to be one of the most diverse in history, with multiple women in the running. New York Senator Gillibrand announced in mid-January, as did Hawaii Representative Gabbard, before California Senator Harris threw her hat into the ring shortly after. Massachusetts Senator Warren is expected to formally announce soon

"Welcome, the water seems warm," Conway said, addressing Booker. "Welcome to dive in along with I don't know, 10, 15, 30 other Democratic candidates."

Conway criticized Booker on matters other than an alleged different sexism standard.

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"I'd also ask him, What exactly have you accomplished that qualifies you to be the commander-in-chief and president of the United States?" Conway said.

Conway ripped Booker for interrogating President Donald Trump's Supreme Court Justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh at a confirmation hearing around sexual misconduct accusations, that turned into a self-described "Spartacus moment."

"Well, his Spartacus moment, but it went beyond that," Conway said. "Remember he was pretending he was breaking with protocol in this Senate, that he was going to release confidential emails, and I believe it was Senator [John] Cornyn of Texas, reminded him that those had already been released."

Conway also said that Booker sounds more like a motivational speaker than an inspirational leader and that "people should go look at his record in Newark, New Jersey," where he served as mayor for eight years. She said Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg nearly a decade ago gave $200 million in matching funds to the Newark school system and that "millions went to politically connected consulting firms."

"He was a pro-school choice advocate but the modern Democratic Party in which he's running for the presidential nomination has moved so far to the left that he can't even bring himself to help those school children through school choice," Conway claimed.

Conway spoke badly of Booker despite her boss Trump's numerous attacks on his 2016 presidential opponent Hillary Clinton and women in other contexts. Trump has also been accused of sexual misconduct by more than a dozen women.

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Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway speaks during an interview with Fox News Channel at the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House, on August 21, 2018. Conway said Democratic Senator Cory Booker would be called “sexist” if he was a Republican running against the Democratic women candidates. Alex Wong/Getty Images
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