Kellyanne Conway suggested Barack Obama might have used “microwaves that turn into cameras” to spy on Donald Trump, and the Internet instantly went into meme-making mode.
In an interview with the Bergen County Record on Sunday, Conway spoke about Trump’s unsubstantiated claim that Obama wiretapped him during his presidential campaign. As is often her job, she had to make sense of Trump’s tweeted comment. She suggested that lots of devices, including smartphones, can be turned into bugs — something that was also part of Wikileaks’ first wave of Vault 7 leaks allegedly from the Central Intelligence Agency.
“What I can say is there are many ways to surveil each other now, unfortunately,” Conway said in the story. “There was an article this week that talked about how you can surveil someone through their phones, certainly through their television sets, any number of different ways. And microwaves that turn into cameras, et cetera. So we know that that is just a fact of modern life.”
Unfortunately for Conway, as soon as anyone read the bit about camera-microwaves, they stopped reading and fired up Twitter. The Internet mocked Conway relentlessly for the microwave suggestion — although in the era of the “Internet of Things,” it’s really not that far-fetched.
Then came the meme-makers.
Often populating under the hashtag #microwavegate, the memes ranged from Conway trying to use a microwave to take photos, to some pretty hilariously paranoia-inducing kitchen appliances. Even worse for Conway is this round of meme-mockery comes right after another batch — #couchgate. Those photos sprang up from an image circulating that showed Conway looking at her phone with her feet under her while sitting on an Oval Office couch.
The Internet went crazy moving #couchgate Conway into other situations, and the gag even made its way to “SNL” on March 4. The sketch show opted to make a living meme of its own by simply having Kate McKinnon, who often plays Conway on the show, just mimic the pose in various locations. She showed up on stage before Father John Misty played, and on the end of the Weekend Update desk, among other spots.
“SNL” has the next two weeks off, so don’t expect to see any spy microwaves on Saturday. The good news is, there are plenty of meme photos to hold you over.