In 2012, Conway worked for Missouri Senate Candidate Todd Akin. During that time she compared attacks on Akin to the FBI siege on David Koresh and the Branch Davidians.
Akin, a Republican congressman, infamously answered a question about rape exceptions for abortion by saying, “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”
Akin later said he misspoke and clarified his remarks but many Republican politicians rushed to condemn his remarks. Many of them later returned to supporting him in an effort to save the Senate that year.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported on what Conway had to say about the whole thing:
A consultant for embattled Senate candidate Todd Akin today compared Republican attacks on Akin to the 1993 federal siege of cult leader David Koresh.
“I’ve expressed this to Todd as my client for a while now, I’ve expressed it to him directly,” Akin consultant Kellyanne Conway said in interview released today by the conservative Family Research Council. “The first day or two where it was like the Waco with the David Koresh situation where they’re trying to smoke him out with the SWAT teams and the helicopters and the bad Nancy Sinatra records. Then here comes day two and you realize the guy’s not coming out of the bunker. Listen, Todd has shown his principle to the voters.”
An Akin spokesman responded to her comments by saying, “It was a stupid comment to make.”
Conway then tried to walk her remarks back:
Conway said today that she was not comparing Akin to Koresh, but rather was comparing the GOP leaders who were trying to dislodge Akin to the federal agents in the standoff with Koresh.
“It was about how overbearing the Republicans had been. It was about the tactics being used to force (Akin) out,” Conway said. “I wasn’t comparing the (two) men. . . . I don’t consider David Koresh a man of fortitude. Todd Akin is a man of fortitude.”
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Conway’s husband, attorney George Conway III, advised Clinton sexual harassment accuser Paula Jones when she sued President Bill Clinton. Trump supporter Ann Coulter, a friend of George Conway, also served as an unpaid legal advisor to Jones.