Trump advisor Kellyanne Conway recently said — with a straight face — that Donald Trump was being spied on through microwaves. Twitter didn’t let that one go.
During a recent interview, Conway, who managed Trump’s presidential campaign and has since been banned from several TV shows for her insistence on lying, doubled down on the president’s unsubstantiated claims that the Obama administration was wiretapping his residence during the election.
“You can surveil someone through their phone, certainly through their television sets, any number of different ways, and microwaves that turn into cameras, et cetera,” Conway said, referencing WikiLeaks’ recent CIA dump that detailed previously undisclosed methods of government surveillance (for the record: the WikiLeaks CIA files have not yet revealed any government plot to make microwaves that turn into cameras).
2008: You Can See Russia From Alaska- SarahPalin
2017: Your Microwave Is Spying On You- #KellyanneConway
GOP- You've Come A Long Way, Baby! pic.twitter.com/XBngGBTbiL
— Fiona Adorno (@FionaAdorno) March 13, 2017
Twitter quickly mobilized to mock the legal counselor to the President of the United States for her statement, using their microwaves as comedic props. New York Times columnist Charles Blow held a hammer up to his own microwave, saying he was trying to find and smash the secret camera. Even Star Wars actor Mark Hamill got in on the action, saying he’d have to find a new April Fools’ joke now that Conway stole his microwaves-into-cameras plan:
— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) March 13, 2017
— Gabriel (@Gabechanger) March 13, 2017
— Charles M. Blow (@CharlesMBlow) March 13, 2017
— Nick Jack Pappas (@Pappiness) March 13, 2017
— Alex From El Barrio (@AfromElBarrio) March 13, 2017
#KellyanneConway I pressed the "Beverage" button to reheat my coffee & my printer started spitting out Vitaly Churkin's autopsy results
— MrBlifil (@MrBlifil) March 13, 2017
#KellyanneConway I want to text more about this but the dishwasher is watching me.
— Orange Cone (@dtEmptySuitcase) March 13, 2017
— WTF News America (@WTFNANetwork) March 13, 2017
— Gerald M. (@nukker3) March 13, 2017
Hillary: Okay, so #KellyanneConway said that you're spying on them through microwaves now. ????
Barack: Gosh, why not the coffee maker? ????
— Ricky Davila (@TheRickyDavila) March 13, 2017
— tay (@SensiblySecular) March 13, 2017
As of this writing, President Trump has still not provided proof that he was wiretapped during the election, despite a Monday deadline from Congress.
Kevin Wallace is a journalist with five years’ experience in print and digital media, and covers politics, media, and culture for the Resistance Report. He lives in Tallahassee, Florida.