As President Donald Trump’s advisers have faced continual public harassment, an anecdote surfaced in which White House adviser Kellyanne Conway faced harassment and took it in stride.
According to The Washington Post, Conway went to the supermarket after arriving in Washington, D.C., to work for Trump. As the Post noted, Trump only got 4 percent of the vote in Washington, D.C., a predominantly Democratic city.
While Conway was in the supermarket, a man passed by and sneered at her.
“You ought to be ashamed of yourself! Go look in the mirror!” he said.Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
When Conway responded, she didn’t break down or have a panic attack.
“What am I gonna do? Fall apart in the canned vegetable aisle?” she recalled.
Instead, she responded sarcastically, “Mirrors are in aisle 9 — I’ll go get one now.”
That wasn’t the only time Conway showed her characteristic toughness.
While at a Baltimore Orioles game, a man took a picture of her and mumbled that she was famous “for all the wrong reasons.” In response, Conway told him she was “fluent in ignoramus” and took a picture of him for herself.
She added that she would include that picture in her “collection of underachieving men.”
The Post’s account came as the nation debated political civility and whether people like White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders should encounter public resistance amid family separations at the border.
Both Sanders and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen encountered public backlash for supporting the administration — something Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) encouraged as a way to pressure them.
Adviser Stephen Miller, who designed the controversial zero-tolerance policy for immigration, faced protests outside of his apartment in Dupont Circle earlier this year.
A bartender also reportedly gave Miller two middle fingers after he ordered $80 of takeout sushi.