By Samantha Cooney
February 27, 2017
Samantha Cooney is the content strategy editor at TIME.

Kellyanne Conway says people shouldn’t be shocked that women didn’t vote en masse for Hillary Clinton.

“When people say to me, ‘How could women vote for Donald Trump?’— that entire line of argument offended many women,” Conway, told Elle magazine in a new profile for its April issue. Indeed, 53% of white women voted for President Donald Trump against Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, the first female presidential nominee of a major political party.

“All women look at themselves as voters — duh,” she continued. “But they don’t look at themselves as a ‘female’ voter in that ‘I must vote for the woman, I must be part of the sisterhood.'”

Conway’s comments to Elle align with statements she’s made in the past about how she believes “feminism” excludes conservative women. At the Conservative Political Action Conference on Thursday, Conway said that “classic” feminism was “anti-male” and “pro-abortion.” In an interview with the Washington Post last month, she described herself as a “postfeminist.”

Read the full profile in Elle.

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