The 15-year-old daughter of White House counselor Kellyanne Conway and George Conway, a D.C.-based attorney and outspoken Donald Trump critic, has been posting anti-Trump memes and Black Lives Matter messages for her more than 22,000 TikTok followers under the handle @shortfakeblond.
“Can’t we just respect everyone’s opinions? SIKE nah block me pls.”
Many people know that senior Trump administration official Kellyanne Conway has very different political views from her Trump-hating husband, George. (And also from, you know, anyone who has a conscience.) But, as it turns out, there’s another member of the Conway family who is an avid anti-Trumper: Kellyanne’s 15-year-old daughter, Claudia. On Monday, New York Times journalist Taylor Lorenz posted a thread of Claudia Conway’s political Tiktoks, and Claudia instantly became the subject of a social media deep-dive, through which it was revealed that the teen regularly posts pro-Black Lives Matter, anti-cop, and anti-Trump content. In one video, Claudia is seen dancing and saying it “would be a shame if we all left one star reviews on all of Trump’s restaurants and hotels and golf courses.” Other recent videos include the teenager asking for justice for Breonna Taylor, and warding off claims from internet trolls that she’s lying about being Kellyanne’s daughter. Her political beliefs have now seeped into her other social channels, where the young activist has used her platform to advocate for Black justice, including videos of protests in Washington, D.C. outside of the White House.But in the hours since her Tiktok and social media accounts gained traction, Republicans and right-wing trolls have flooded the comments on Claudia’s page, upset over her progressive politics. Claudia responded to hate in a new video, saying, “Believe it or not, you can have your own opinions, not influenced by your parents at all, simply by educating yourself!” Claudia has since stated that she feels overwhelmed by the backlash and asked people to keep the negativity away — including from her parents. “Just please no hate to my mom or my dad, they’re both amazing people, and I love them so, so much,” she said. Claudia also explained that she wants to use her Tiktok as an outlet to connect with others who share her values, and to have a platform for talking about her beliefs. On Tuesday, she did a dance over a green-screen of Twitter comments from people finding out she’s anti-Trump, happily celebrating her ever-growing platform, despite the newly growing presence of trolls. Though it should be clear that harassing a 15-year-old is always a bad idea, it’s also clear that some people online need to be reminded of that fact. So, here’s a reminder: Don’t harass teenagers online! But if there’s one more lesson to take away from all this, it’s that the Conway home fosters freedom of speech and freedom of political beliefs is valued — unlike the Trump administration. Refinery29 reached out to Claudia Conway for comment. We will update this story as we know more.Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?Kellyanne Conway Compares Voting To CupcakesKellyanne Conway's Husband Is Trying To Oust TrumpKellyanne Conway Pretends To Not Know Lev Parnas
"I have a right to my freedom of speech."
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On Wednesday, President Donald Trump attacked the Black Lives Matter movement, calling the rallying cry a “symbol of hate,” despite never taking such a firm stance against white supremacist symbols and organizing. Of course this comes as no surprise, as Trump has repeatedly made nods to his far right supporters. This time, it’s personal for the president, whose comments about Black Lives Matter came in response to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plans to paint the phrase as part of a mural outside Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue. Trump was quick to criticize the decision, along with the city’s plan to cut the New York Police Department’s budget by $1 billion. “NYC is cutting Police $’s by ONE BILLION DOLLARS, and yet the [mayor] is going to paint a big, expensive, yellow Black Lives Matter sign on Fifth Avenue, denigrating this luxury Avenue,” Trump wrote on Twitter. “Maybe our GREAT Police, who have been neutralized and scorned by a mayor who hates & disrespects them, won’t let this symbol of hate be affixed to New York’s greatest street. Spend this money fighting crime instead!”Trump’s comments about the Black liberation protests and symbols appear to be an effort to appeal to the further right, white racist contingent of his base. All week, the president has defended of racist symbols, statues, and even racist housing policy.On Sunday, Trump retweeted a video of a Florida supporter chanting, “White power.” In the days that followed, the president focused much of his energy on matters surrounding the preservation of statues of racist slave owners and Confederate monuments. “This is a battle to save the Heritage, History, and Greatness of our Country!” he said Tuesday, as the Department of Homeland Security announced the following day that it would form a task force to “protect American monuments, memorials, and statues.” The Trump campaign has ramped up its dog whistles in recent weeks, as well, as the president appears to be using the ongoing unrest to amp up his own base. Last month, his campaign was under fire for using fascist imagery and white nationalist symbols in their Facebook ads. But the Trump administration’s assault on Black Lives Matter movement is nothing new. In 2017, the FBI announced it would begin targeting “Black Identity Extremists,” classifying movements for Black rights as a “violent threat.” Trump’s persistent attacks on the ongoing anti-police uprisings could end up costing him the election, as thousands of people nationwide continue to take the streets in a show of collective struggle, solidarity, and power we haven’t seen in years. And the message is clear: The Trump administration and the entire existing political establishment won’t see peace until justice is served.Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?Trump's AFFH Threat Impacts Communities Of ColorHow Kellyanne Conway's Daughter Is Trolling TrumpTrump Tweeted A Video In Support Of "White Power"
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All Black lives matter.
The Black Lives Matter uprising is a wakeup call for America. It is an essential reminder of all the ways that systemic racism impacts every aspect of Black life, from police violence to the coronavirus pandemic to the housing crisis. As the poet Audre Lorde says, “There is no thing as a single-issue struggle because we do not live single-issue lives.” To challenge racism requires more than condemning police violence alone, it requires all of us to support Black communities against the looming housing crisis to come.Black communities are disproportionately impacted by the economic recession; they are often the hardest hit and the slowest to recover — as we saw with the Great Recession of 2008. Despite the recent report of job gains as the economy reopens, Black unemployment has not improved and is now at 16.8 percent. These numbers, though, fail to capture the generations of Black exclusion from the job market or the racial wage gap. In places like New York City, rampant racial and economic segregation show just how devastating the coronavirus pandemic has been and remains for Black communities.While the pandemic has resulted in millions of Americans being unable to pay their rents and mortgages, Black communities are particularly vulnerable. The housing crisis is undoubtedly a race issue when Black and Latinx people are disproportionately renters, and therefore they are disproportionately impacted by evictions. To be even more specific, Black women-led households experience some of the highest levels of evictions due to a host of factors related to race and gender, as noted by sociologist Matthew Desmond.During this pandemic, tenant advocacy groups have highlighted the need to protect tenants through a universal eviction moratorium and canceling rents. As housing advocates like to say “housing is healthcare.” The threat of evictions and the struggles for people who are homeless is a public health issue and it has life and death consequences. This is not hyperbole: Black and Latinx communities suffering from the highest levels of coronavirus deaths, further compounding the devastating realities of this pandemic. There is no way to social distance and self-quarantine if you must go to court to fight an eviction or if you are homeless on the street or residing in an overcrowded shelter.In response to the outcry and demands for eviction moratorium of the housing justice movement, temporary eviction moratoria were implemented at the city, state, and federal level. According to Princeton University’s Eviction Lab, many of these eviction moratoria are set to expire shortly. In fact, twelve states already ended eviction protections in May. In New York alone, housing advocates predict 50,000 new cases may be filed for nonpayment of rent following expiration of Gov. Cuomo’s eviction moratorium. To return to the eviction business as usual will result in massive evictions and a homelessness crisis on a scale we have never seen before.Once again, housing advocates are demanding eviction moratoria be extended, along with passing legislation to cancel rents and provide tenants with rental assistance. The movement to cancel rent have been growing since March, and it is beginning to fuse with the Black Lives Matter movement. After George Floyd was killed by Minneapolis police in May, Black Lives Matter has become a rallying cry against the devaluation of Black life all across our society, including in the context of housing and evictions.The property interests of landlords can be sharply contrasted with the Black and brown communities who face homelessness during this pandemic. Black and Latinx people in America are disproportionately impacted by homelessness. In Los Angeles, Black people make up only 8 percent of the total population but 34 percent of people experiencing homelessness. These disparities are true in other cities as well. The Coalition for the Homeless estimates 57 percent of heads of household in shelters are Black and 32 percent are Latinx in New York. The homelessness crisis is a crisis of criminalization of race and poverty—as police arrest and escalate confrontations with people sleeping on the street, in the subways, or in their car.Further, The Right to Counsel NYC Coalition has noted how “landlords have used marshals like their personal police force to evict mostly black and brown tenants.” The story of Eleanor Bumpurs highlights the grotesque intersection of evictions and the ugliness of law enforcement. In 1984, Ms. Bumpurs was shot in the chest and killed by New York Police Department officers in her Bronx public housing apartment. The NYPD was called in response to a scheduled eviction for nonpayment of rent. Ms. Bumpurs was a 67-year-old Black woman with a disability.The only reason to reopen the courts is to resume evictions and to put the profits of landlords over the lives of Black people. Evictions are a form of state violence and are part-and-parcel with systemic racism. The scholar Ruth Wilson Gilmore has defined racism as “the state-sanctioned or extralegal production and exploitation of group-differentiated vulnerability to premature death.” Evictions destabilize a person’s employment, education, and healthcare. Evictions also subject Black and brown communities to increased exposure to the coronavirus — the same groups already at heightened risk of death from this disease.When we say Black lives matter, we mean Black lives have to matter against all forms of state violence and all forms of racial inequality. We must demand systemic changes and radically transform our collective priorities, including the looming housing crisis ahead. We need a world that prioritizes Black life above policing, profits, and evictions.Lisa Edwards is a Black activist and civil legal services attorney for the past three decades, and was a former Civil Vice President of the Association of Legal Aid Attorneys, UAW 2325.Jared Trujillo is President of the Association of Legal Aid Attorneys, UAW 2325, a union of non-profits in New York that represents lawyers, paralegals, and social workers that focus on criminal defense, immigration, juvenile rights, parent defense, and employment. He is also a Steering Committee member of Decrim NY, an organization that advocates for the decriminalization of sex work and the empowerment of sex workers. Twitter: @JaredTruEsqueer.Jason Wu is a legal services attorney in New York City, and a trustee for the Association of Legal Aid Attorneys, UAW 2325. 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