- Claudia Conway, the daughter of former Trump advisor Kellyanne Conway, trended on Twitter after posting comments and videos on TikTok.
- In one viral comment, Claudia claimed President Trump was still very sick with COVID. She also shared a video of Kellyanne yelling at her for saying that she lied about testing positive.
- Claudia deleted the video and issued a correction, saying she misinterpreted the situation.
- Many people responded on Twitter by applauding Claudia, saying her insider information is more trusted than what the White House is saying, but others pushed back, arguing she should not be trusted and that she was not a real insider source.
- Some people also accused Kellyanne of engaging in abusive behavior both in the now-deleted video of her yelling at Claudia and for exposing her to COVID in the first place.
Claudia Conway Trends on Twitter
Claudia Conway, the 15-year-old daughter of former top White House advisor Kellyanne Conway, became a top trending topic on Twitter Monday after posting about the president and her mother, both of whom tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this week.
Claudia, who is known in her own right for her anti-President Donald Trump TikToks, has been especially active on the platform since breaking the news over the weekend that her mother tested positive for the coronavirus. She later confirmed that she too had tested positive in another post.
However, the teenager’s most recent waves on social media came from two specific instances.
The first being a now-deleted video where her mother can be heard yelling at her for posts she made on TikTok.
“You’ve caused so much disruption,” the elder Conway said. “You’ve lied about your f****** mother, about COVID?”
Claudia responds by telling her mother “it’s how I interpreted it,” and the video cuts out after she pans to Kellyanne, who says, “Interpreted it? You’re taping me again?”
That interaction appeared to follow remarks Claudia posted questioning the timing of her mother’s COVID tests. In a comment on one of her videos from the day Kellyanne tested positive Claudia claimed that her mother “lied to me today and said her test was negative when it literally wasn’t and i spent all day around her.”
Claudia, however, appears to have deleted that comment, as well as several other videos. On Monday, she posted TikTok clarifying what had happened.
“Little clarification from my previous posts,” she wrote, while Kellyanne can be heard in the background giving her directions on what to say. “my mother claims that she did not lie to me. she had three tests done. first negative, second two positive. we were not in communication. i misinterpreted it.”
Claudia’s Comments About Trump
The second reason Claudia Conway trended on Twitter was because of comments she made on TikTok about President Trump’s health.
On Monday, she responded to a video posted by another user sharing images of Trump’s tweets saying he was leaving the hospital and that he was doing well.
“Guys lmao he’s not doing ‘better,’” she wrote in those comments, which appear to now be deleted. “He is so ridiculous. apparently he is doing badly lol and they are doing what they can to stabilize him.”
That claim has not been verified, but if true, it would clearly contradict the White House narrative that Trump is doing well and that he is recovered enough to be released. In response to this serious allegation, many social media users cheered Claudia.
One user called her the “supreme whistleblower,” and others argued that she should be trusted over the Trump administration.
“Why is that the only person with insider knowledge being forthright and honest about Trump’s health is Claudia Conway?” author and commentator Amy Siskind tweeted.
“These are dire times where Claudia Conway on Tik Tok appears to give more reliable information about the health of the President of the United States of America than Sean Conly, Trump’s own doctor,” another user wrote.
On the other side, plenty of people also argued that the information she shared was not verified, and that a teenage girl should not be a trusted source.
“Claudia Conway is a sixteen year old girl,” Buzz Patterson, a Republican Congressional candidate for California tweeted, incorrectly stating Claudia’s age. “Pretty outrageous that Twitter and other news sources are using her as a source of credibile information.”
“Liberals think 15-year-old teenager Claudia Conway knows more about Trump’s COVID condition than his doctors,” another user tweeted.
Kellyanne, for her part, also chimed in on Twitter, seeming to respond to Claudia’s claim that the elder Conway was lying about her tests, as well as Claudia’s comments about Trump.
While giving a positive status update of her and Claudia’s conditions in one tweet on Monday, Kellyanne wrote, “As soon as dr confirmed positive, I told my family & then went public.”
“My daughter, Claudia, is beautiful & brilliant,” she wrote in another tweet shortly after. “She has access to top doctors & health care & lives comfortably Like all of you, she speculates on social media Yet she’s 15 You are adults We have COVID, but it’s clear who’s really sick.”
But that post, specifically, received a lot of backlash. Many people responded by saying Kellyanne had basically put her daughter in harm’s way by not being safe herself.
“She’s 15, and you exposed her to COVID because you couldn’t act like a responsible adult for ONE day, not even for your *own child*,” one user wrote. “She could end up permanently damaged because of her own mother. Congratulations @KellyannePolls, you’ve set a new record for Worst Parent Ever.”
“If you are unable to protect your 15-year-old daughter, then find other family members to help you. Use your vast resources and money to seek professional help and family counseling,” another said in response to Kellyanne’s tweet. “Don’t just blame others for what is your solemn responsibility as a mother.”
Some also argued that that the video of Kellyanne yelling at Claudia, the correction video, and just kind of this whole situation constitutes abuse.
“Okay jokes aside its really apparent IMO Claudia Conway is being harmed in some way?” one user tweeted. “So I think that should be kept in mind. Like her parents knowingly exposed her to COVID.”
“Really important to note that Claudia Conway is, above all, a teenager living in an abusive household just trying to seek help” another user wrote.
To that point, multiple other people also argued that these videos are a cry for help. Some pointed to a livestream Claudia did right after the interaction with Kellyanne. In the stream, Claudia speaks in gibberish, saying she’s doing so because she’s scared of her mother.
Others also noted a specific moment in that stream where people in the comments tell her to take out an earring if she was in danger, and she does.
“Don’t do anything. It’s okay, I’m good,” she says. “I’m good. Like, there’s nothing anyone can do, so.”
Notably, this is not the first time questions of Claudia Conway’s welfare have been brought up. In August, after it was reported that the teenager was seeking emancipation, she took to Twitter to address swirling rumors.
“i’m not getting emancipated because of my mom’s job.. it is because of years of childhood trauma and abuse,” she wrote.
See what others are saying: (Business Insider) (Vulture) (The National Post)
Medical Workers Sign Letter Urging Spotify to Combat Misinformation, Citing Joe Rogan
The letter accused Spotify of “enabling its hosted media to damage public trust in scientific research.”
Doctors and Medical Professionals Sign Letter to Spotify
A group of 270 doctors, scientists, and other medical workers signed an open letter to Spotify this week urging the audio platform to implement a misinformation policy, specifically citing false claims made on the “Joe Rogan Experience” podcast.
Rogan has faced no shortage of backlash over the last year for promoting vaccine misinformation on his show, which airs exclusively on Spotify. Most recently, he invited Dr. Robert Malone on a Dec. 31 episode that has since been widely criticized by health experts.
Dr. Malone was banned from Twitter for promoting COVID-19 misinformation. According to the medical experts who signed the letter, he “used the JRE platform to further promote numerous baseless claims, including several falsehoods about COVID-19 vaccines and an unfounded theory that societal leaders have ‘hypnotized’ the public.”
“Notably, Dr. Malone is one of two recent JRE guests who has compared pandemic policies to the Holocaust,” the letter continued. “These actions are not only objectionable and offensive, but also medically and culturally dangerous.”
Joe Rogan’s History of COVID-19 Misinformation
Rogan sparked swift criticism himself in the spring of 2021 when he discouraged young people from taking the COVID-19 vaccine. He also falsely equated mRNA vaccines to “gene therapy” and incorrectly stated that vaccines cause super mutations of the virus. He took ivermectin after testing positive for the virus in September, despite the fact that the drug is not approved as a treatment for COVID.
“By allowing the propagation of false and societally harmful assertions, Spotify is enabling its hosted media to damage public trust in scientific research and sow doubt in the credibility of data-driven guidance offered by medical professionals,” the doctors and medical workers wrote.
“We are calling on Spotify to take action against the mass-misinformation events which continue to occur on its platform,” they continued. “With an estimated 11 million listeners per episode, JRE is the world’s largest podcast and has tremendous influence. Though Spotify has a responsibility to mitigate the spread of misinformation on its platform, the company presently has no misinformation policy.”
Rolling Stone was the first outlet to report on the letter from the medical professionals. Dr. Katrine Wallace, an epidemiologist at the University of Illinois Chicago, was among the signees. She told the magazine that Rogan is “a menace to public health.”
“These are fringe ideas not backed in science, and having it on a huge platform makes it seem there are two sides to this issue,” she said. “And there are really not.”
Spotify had not responded to the letter as of Thursday.
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Data Shows Omicron May be Peaking in the U.S.
In some cities that were first hit by the surge, new cases are starting to flatten and decline.
New Cases Flattening
After weeks of recording-breaking cases driven by the highly infectious omicron variant, public health officials say that new COVID infections seem to be slowing in the parts of the country that were hit the hardest earlier on.
Following a more than twentyfold rise in December, cases in New York City have flattened out in recent days.
New infections have even begun to fall slightly in some states, like Maryland and New Jersey. In Boston, the levels of COVID in wastewater — which has been a top indicator of case trends in the past — have dropped by nearly 40% since the first of the year.
Overall, federal data has shown a steep decline in COVID-related emergency room visits in the Northeast, and the rest of the country appears to be following a similar track.
Data from other countries signals the potential for a steep decline in cases following the swift and unprecedented surge.
According to figures from South Africa, where the variant was first detected, cases rose at an incredibly shocking rate for about a month but peaked quickly in mid-December. Since then, new infections have plummeted by around 70%.
In the U.K., which has typically been a map for how U.S. cases will trend, infections are also beginning to fall after peaking around New Year’s and then flattening for about a week.
Despite these recent trends, experts say it is still too early to say if cases in the U.S. will decline as rapidly as they did in South Africa and the parts of the U.K. that were first hit.
While new infections may seem to be peaking in the cities that saw the first surges, caseloads continue to climb in most parts of the country.
Meanwhile, hospitals are overwhelmed and health resources are still strained because of the high volume of cases hitting all at once.
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COVID-Driven School Closures Top Record Highs, But Many Remain Open
While some districts have implemented protective measures, many teachers say they fall short.
Schools Respond to Omicron Surge
U.S. COVID cases, driven by the omicron variant, are continuously topping new record highs, posing difficult questions for schools resuming after winter break.
According to Burbio, a data firm that tracks school closures, at least 5,409 public schools canceled classes or moved to remote learning by the end of last week due to COVID — more than triple the number at the end of December.
That is still only a fraction of the nation’s 130,000 schools, and many of the biggest school districts in the country are still insisting that students come into the classroom.
Los Angeles, which is home to the second-biggest district, is requiring that students at least test negative before they return to school this week.
In the biggest district of New York City, classes have already resumed following winter break. Although the city has said it will double random tests and send home more kits, students were not required to provide negative results.
Teachers Protest In-Person Learning
Teachers in other major districts have protested the local government’s decisions to stay open.
One of the most closely watched battles is in Chicago, where students on Monday missed their fourth consecutive day of school due to a feud between the Chicago Teachers Union and Mayor Lori Lightfoot (D).
Last week, the union voted to return to remote learning in defiance of a city-wide order mandating they teach in-person, citing inadequate COVID-19 protections. Lightfoot claimed the conditions were fine and that students were safe, despite record surges, instead opting to cancel classes altogether while the fight plays out.
On Sunday, the union said it was “still far apart” from making any kind of agreement with public school officials after Lightfoot rejected their demands.
Lightfoot, for her part, has said she remains “hopeful” a deal could be reached, but she also stirred up the union by accusing teachers of staging an “illegal walkout” and claiming they “abandoned their posts and they abandoned kids and their families.”
Meanwhile, teachers in other school districts have begun to emulate the tactics in Chicago.
On Friday, teachers in Oakland, California staged a “sick-out,” promoting 12 schools serving thousands of students to close.