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Was Coop's Eye Roll Sexist or a Reflex to Conway's Snark?

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White House counselor Kellyanne Conway says Anderson Cooper was being sexist when he rolled his eyes at her during an interview. 

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White House counselor/spokeswoman Kellyanne Conway says out journalist Anderson Cooper was being sexist when he rolled his eyes at her, but she ignores that it may have been an involuntary response to a snarky response by her.

Appearing on Cooper's CNN show on Tuesday, Conway was working hard to defend President Trump's decision to fire the man leading the investigation into his campaign's contacts with Russia, FBI director Jim Comey. Cooper was trying to square the fact that Trump always defended Comey's actions regarding Hillary Clinton -- specifically when the FBI director announced days before the election that the bureau was once again looking at Clinton's email issue -- but then used that as partial rationale for firing him. Cooper played various clips of Trump defending Comey's controversial action, which many say cost Clinton the Electoral College and the election (she walloped Trump in the popular vote).

"Thanks for the trip down memory lane," Conway responded. "I was on your show often last fall saying we were going to win Michigan and how we were going to do it, so that was fun."

Cooper responded with a dramatic eyeroll. The journalist was not being snide in his questioning, though Conway certainly seemed to be -- or at least, deflective -- in her response. Would he have reacted the same way if a male spokesman said the same thing? Conway thinks so. She blasted Cooper as misogynistic, all while tearing down another woman -- her favorite target, Clinton.

"Let me tell you something: Hillary Clinton is in search of sexism as a lame excuse for why her disastrous candidacy and campaign lost six months ago," Conway told Fox and Friends on Thursday morning. "I face sexism a lot of times when I show up for interviews like that.

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Neal Broverman is the Editorial Director, Print of Pride Media, publishers of The Advocate, Out, Out Traveler, and Plus, spending more than 20 years in journalism. He indulges his interest in transportation and urban planning with regular contributions to Los Angeles magazine, and his work has also appeared in the Los Angeles Times and USA Today. He lives in the City of Angels with his husband, children, and their chiweenie.
Neal Broverman is the Editorial Director, Print of Pride Media, publishers of The Advocate, Out, Out Traveler, and Plus, spending more than 20 years in journalism. He indulges his interest in transportation and urban planning with regular contributions to Los Angeles magazine, and his work has also appeared in the Los Angeles Times and USA Today. He lives in the City of Angels with his husband, children, and their chiweenie.