President Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway appeared on Fox News on Wednesday to push back against critics who say the Donald Trump Jr.’s preelection meeting with a Russian lawyer is proof that the Trump campaign tried to collude with the Kremlin. And she brought props to make her case.
“This is how I see it so far — this is to help all the people at home,” Conway told host Sean Hannity while holding a pair of signs with four words on them. “What’s the ‘conclusion’? ‘Collusion’? No, we don’t have that yet. I see ‘illusion’ and ‘delusion.'”
“So just so we’re clear, everyone: Collusion? No. Illusion and delusion? Yes,” she added. “I just thought we’d have some fun with words.”
The Trump administration is a known fan of visual props, including photos of crowds and stacks of paper representing legislation. Whether or not Conway’s effort to dismiss the Trump Jr. controversy — which involves a campaign meeting with a Kremlin-connected lawyer who may have claimed to have Russian dirt on Hillary Clinton — is successful remains to be seen.
“Conclusion? … Collusion … Illusion … Delusion” … a meme is born pic.twitter.com/UK9fkvIlhH
— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) July 13, 2017
Guys. I'm just seeing this. Flash cards? She used flash cards?! This is unreal. pic.twitter.com/U9mN7mQnLC
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) July 13, 2017
Conway’s stunt was immediately mocked on Twitter, with amateur photo illustrators offering alternative versions of the exchange.
I think Kellyanne Conway is trying to tell us something. pic.twitter.com/u4ydrOdFcz
— Florida Man (@_FloridaMan) July 13, 2017
— Michael ❄️ (@MikeTheAverage) July 13, 2017
— Kimberly Brusk (@peaceforus4ever) July 13, 2017
— Paul Witham (@pwitham11) July 13, 2017
Several compared Conway’s signs to those Bob Dylan held up with his lyrics in the 1965 music video for “Subterranean Homesick Blues.”
— Falawful (@WheresMyArk_23) July 13, 2017
Others compared it to a scene in the more recent 2003 film “Love Actually.”
Conway later shared a Mediaite article about her use of visual aids.
“Apologies to the humorless,” she tweeted.
Apologies to the humorless. Kellyanne Conway Uses Visual Aids to Challenge Russia Collusion Narrative | Mediaite https://t.co/BPSTceybxS
— Kellyanne Conway (@KellyannePolls) July 13, 2017
It’s not the first time Conway has brought out a prop to argue on behalf of the president.
Following Trump’s abrupt firing of FBI Director James Comey in May, she appeared on CNN holding up printed copies of letters from Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein recommending Comey’s firing.
Trump later said that he was planning to fire Comey regardless of their recommendations because he had grown tired of the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.
“When I decided to just do it, I said to myself, I said, ‘You know, this Russia thing with Trump and Russia is a made-up story,'” Trump told NBC’s Lester Holt. “It’s an excuse by the Democrats for having lost an election that they should’ve won.”
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