In a post-debate interview on Tuesday night, Fox News’ host Megyn Kelly pushed Donald Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway to defend the Republican nominee’s low poll numbers with women, telling Conway that women don’t appreciate comments like those Trump made about former Miss Universe Alicia Machado.
While defending Trump’s past praise of Russian President Vladimir Putin, Conway tried to pivot to attacking Hillary Clinton, knocking her approval among women.
“Why, in the new CNN poll, is Hillary at 53 percent among women? She’s running as the first female president. There’s something holding her back,” Conway said.
Kelly jumped in to remind Conway of Trump’s poll numbers with women, saying, “She’s beating Donald Trump by some 20 points with women. I mean, why is Donald Trump at 32 percent?”
“Not really, not in all polls,” Conway protested. “But she’s got a gender gap of her own.”
“She does,” Kelly said in response. “But you’re sitting here suggesting, why are her numbers low with women and you work for Donald Trump. His numbers are historically low for a Republican nominee with women. Historically low.”
Conway then noted that both Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and Mitt Romney both lost with women as well.
But Kelly would not accept Conway’s defense and replied, “Mitt Romney’s numbers are crushing Donald Trump’s numbers with women. Crushing them!”
In response, Conway noted that there is still a month before election day, before Kelly jumped in to explain why female voters don’t like Trump.
“There’s 35 days to go, Kellyanne. The criticism of Donald Trump is that he could win this race and that he was doing well and he was rebounding and his numbers in various states were rebounding. And then he went after Miss Universe and talked about her being too fat and talked about women’s looks again,” she said. “And women don’t like that, according to these polls.”
Watch the exchange via Fox News. Conway brings up women voters at the 6:03 mark.