CNN's Dana Bash scrounged up an 11-year-old quote Sunday and asked Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway whether it is weakness that leads a person to reconcile with a cheating spouse, as Hillary Clinton has done with her husband.
Conway said in 2005 in reference to the infamous Clinton sex scandals and Hillary Clinton's ability to lead, "The fact is that Hillary Clinton could not stand up to a cheating husband, so how in the world would she stand up to North Korea and some of our other enemies around the globe?"
On Sunday, Bash asked the GOP pollster about it, inferring her own generalization from the remark.
"Are you suggesting that someone who reconciles with a cheating spouse is weak?" the CNN reporter asked.
Conway answered first by admitting she didn't quite remember saying that.
"No, the context of that particular comment — I don't know what it was — but I'll stand by it in the following sense: I think people are looking for a strong, tough leader," Trump's campaign manager said. "And many American women have to make the choice that she made, or have to make the opposite choice."
"But it sounds like you're saying that those character traits you're discussing about her work ... at the State Department are the same that led to staying with her husband?" Bash asked.
Conway responded, "No. I'm not saying that at all, nor should anyone presume that I'm saying that. We don't need to conflate the two."
"But you did that back in 2005. So I'm just trying to get a sense of where we are now," the CNN reporter persisted.
"Well, you know Dana," said Conway, "there are millions of women in this country who made the opposite choice, too."
"Let's not conflate the two," she added later.