Twitter is in an uproar over a photo of White House counselor Kellyanne Conway sitting on a couch in the Oval Office with her feet tucked under her and her shoes on the sofa, even though a second photo revealed revealed she was simply taking a photo.
The now-infamous Associated Press photo shows the Oval Office packed with representatives from Historically Black Colleges and Universities while Conway looks her phone. Twitter users are split on the situation: some view her pose as a sign of disrespect; others say it’s not a big deal.
Wall Street Journal editor Bret Stephens tweeted: “If Rice or Jarrett had sat like this in Oval Office conservatives would have screamed themselves hoarse for weeks. Now we own trashy.”
Conway was the first successful female presidential campaign manager in history, but lately has been caught up in various scandals, including misspeaking about the details of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn’s resignation and being accused of an ethics violation when she promoted Ivanka Trump’s clothing line on Fox News during an interview on “Fox & Friends.”
Frequent TV appearances have resulted in Conway emerging as a household name who is frequently mocked on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live.” Many Conway defenders have pointed to various photos of President Obama with his feet on the desk in the Oval Office.
— Dissident Patriot ن (@disspat) February 28, 2017
KellyAnn bashed for her feet tucked under her as she sat on sofa in Oval Office? Here's $100k+ hand carved desk in Oval Office as BO worked pic.twitter.com/xnsk0hpqv0
— RepublicanBites (@TrumpInWH) February 28, 2017
When it comes to someone being on their knees in the Oval Office this really isn't the most disrespectful episode if you think about it. ????
— EducatédHillbilly™ (@RobProvince) February 28, 2017
More of the Obamas' foot resting in the Oval Office!!!! pic.twitter.com/vXIYbfdDj7
— ????Tia6 ????⚓ (@tia6sc) February 28, 2017
— Red Nation Rising (@RedNationRising) February 28, 2017
Obama used the Oval Office desk 24/7 as his personal shoe tree, but KellyAnn used the couch for a photo op and liberal heads explode.
— Patty Girl (@PerspicaciousXY) February 28, 2017
Others have been extremely critical of Conway:
Hold up. Kellyanne Conway really sits like that on a couch in the Oval Office? pic.twitter.com/HYEHxTA0Ub
— Jordan (@WlTTSJW) February 28, 2017
Conway with her shoes on the couch in Oval Office – consistent with general level of disrespect Trump team has shown pic.twitter.com/r8mMki0Yyb
— Kaivan Shroff (@KaivanShroff) February 28, 2017
— Gerald M. (@nukker3) February 28, 2017
remember when republicans used to flip out over obama oval office decorum pic.twitter.com/bGU4F7mlbX
— Matt McDermott (@mattmfm) February 28, 2017
— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) February 28, 2017
Sure, Kellyanne, just make yourself right at home???? On an Oval Office couch??? With all those people there?????? Why not???? https://t.co/D71pExU0Xr
— lindsey marie (@thekuhlest) February 28, 2017
Oh my. pic.twitter.com/25NOvORSXt
— David Corn (@DavidCornDC) February 28, 2017