White House counselor Kellyanne Conway intended to use her appearance Wednesday night on Sean Hannity’s Fox News show to present the Trump administration’s take on the ongoing Russia probe and the scandal involving Donald Trump Jr. Instead, she provided the internet, and perhaps herself, with an object lesson in “things you can easily PhotoShop” when she made her case using an amateurishly awkward visual aid.
During the appearance, Conway held up two white sheets of paper with writing — in Sharpie — on them. “Conclusion? Collusion” read the sheet in her right hand, with the word “collusion” awkwardly crossed out. “Illusion Delusion” read the sheet in her left hand.
“This is to help all the people at home” she said. “What’s the conclusion? Collusion? No, we don’t have that yet. I see illusion and delusion. So just so we’re clear everyone, four words. Conclusion, collusion — no. Illusion, delusion — yes,” she said.
Conway had plenty to say about the unfolding scandal, which involves a meeting a year ago between Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner, and then-campaign manager Paul Manafort with a Russian lawyer who had promised information that would help the Trump campaign, but came from the Russian government. “I love it,” said Trump Jr. when told about the offer.
But Conway’s words were overshadowed by the awkwardness of the visual aid, and the fact that white paper and a controversial public figure is to the internet what waving around raw meat is to a bear.
Instantly, the Internet starting having fun with words just like Conway. Some replaced the words on the cards themselves, while others focused on her singsong, rhyming attempt at a buzzword.
— ElElegante101 (@skolanach) July 13, 2017
— ????QT1330???? (@Quints133) July 13, 2017
— Greg Shields (@mrgregshields) July 13, 2017
— Marshall Shaffer (@media_marshall) July 13, 2017
— Veni Vidi Vicious (@V_Dub1976) July 13, 2017
Conway’s visual aids also reminded some on Twitter of another set of visual aids, from a certain “Saturday Night Live” sketch starring Kate McKinnon as Hillary Clinton.
— D Villella ❄️ (@dvillella) July 13, 2017
And really, Conway’s four rhyming words did have a sort of ring to them.
— VA for Evan McMullin (@VAforMcMullin) July 13, 2017
— Andy Flynn (@frandy38) July 13, 2017
With deep apologies to Theodore Geisel pic.twitter.com/zG4LlQfyWg
— RR Riling (@RRRiling) July 13, 2017
Maybe Conway is just prepping the world so she can drop her summer hit, “Conclusion, Collusion, Illusion, Delusion!”
Much like “Pinot Noir” from Titus Andromedon (Titus Burgess) of “The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.”
— Kyle Weidleman (@kweidleman) July 13, 2017
After all, it worked for INXS.