- 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.
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Biden to Mandate COVID Vaccines for Federal Workers as CDC Changes Masking Guidance
News of the efforts came on the same day that the U.S. reported more than 100,000 new daily COVID cases for the first time since February.
Federal Vaccine Mandate
President Joe Biden will announce Thursday that all federal employees must get vaccinated against COVID-19 or consent to strict testing and other safety precautions, White House officials told reporters Tuesday.
Earlier in the day, Biden said he was considering the requirement but did not provide any more information.
While the officials also said the details are still being hashed out, they did note that the policy would be similar to ones recently put in place by California and New York City, which respectively required state and city workers to get the jab or submit to regular testing.
Also on Tuesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated their guidelines to recommend that Americans who live in areas “of substantial or high transmission,” as well as all students and teachers, wear masks indoors regardless of their vaccination status.
Delta Causes Spikes, But Vaccines Still Prove Effective
The renewed COVID mitigation efforts come as the delta variant is driving massive surges all over the country.
Coronavirus cases have quadrupled throughout July, jumping from a weekly average of 11,799 on the first day of the month to 63,248 on Tuesday, according to The New York Times tracker. Tuesday also saw new daily infections topping 100,000 for the first time since February, with more than 108,000 reported, per The Times.
While the vast majority of new infections are among people who have not been vaccinated, there have also been increasing reports of breakthrough cases in people who have received the jab.
Those cases, however, do not mean that the vaccines are not effective.
No vaccine prevents 100% of infections. Health officials have said time and time again that the jabs are intended to prevent severe disease and death, and they are doing just that.
According to the most recent data for July 19, the CDC reported that only 5,914 of the more than 161 million Americans who have gotten the vaccine were hospitalized or died from COVID-19 — a figure that represents 0.0036% of vaccinated people.
While safety precautions may be recommended for some people who have received the vaccine, many media narratives have overstated the role breakthrough cases play in the recent spikes. As New York Magazine explains, it is imperative to understand these new mask recommendations are not happening because the vaccine is not effective, but because not enough people are getting the vaccine.
“Because breakthrough infections have so often made the news due to their novelty, that can create a perception of more cases than are actually happening — particularly without more robust tracking of the actual cases to provide context,” the outlet wrote.
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Wisconsin Police Deny Planting Evidence in Viral Video, Release Their Own Body Cam Footage
The footage police released shows that during a search, officers found a corner tear from a plastic bag inside a backseat passenger’s pocket. An officer then discarded it into the car after determining that it was empty.
Viral Video Appears To Show Officer Planting Evidence
The Caledonia Police Department in Wisconsin has responded to a viral cell phone video that appears to show an officer planting a small plastic baggie inside of a car during a traffic stop.
The now-viral footage was posted to Facebook by a man who goes by GlockBoy Savoo.
The user, who also filmed the clip, wrote in his post’s caption that the officer did this “just to get a reason to search the car” and said the cop didn’t know he was being recorded by the passenger.
Police Shut Down Accusations With Their Own Footage
After that video spread across social media, many were outraged, calling the Caledonia police dirty for seemingly planting evidence. All the outrage eventually prompted the department to announce an investigation Saturday.
Within hours, the department provided an update, claiming that officers didn’t actually plant any evidence or do anything illegal.
Police shared a lengthy summary of events, along with two body camera clips from the incident. That statement explained that the driver of the vehicle was pulled over for going 63 in a 45mph zone.
Two passengers in the backseat who were then spotted without seatbelts were asked to identify themselves and step out of the car. During a search of one passenger’s pockets, an officer pulled out “an empty corner tear” from a plastic baggie.
Police claim the corner tear did not contain any illegal substances, though they said this type of packaging is a common method for holding illegal drugs.
In one body cam clip, an officer can be heard briefly questioning the backseat passenger about the baggie. Then, that piece of plastic gets handed off to different officers who also determined it as empty before the officer in the original viral video discarded it into the back of the car.
The officer can also be seen explaining where the plastic came from to the passenger recording him.
“Aye, bro you just threw that in here!” the front seat passenger says, as heard in his version of the events.
“Yeah, cause it was in his pocket and I don’t want to hold onto it. It’s on their body cam that they took it off of him…I’m telling you where it came from, so. It’s an empty baggie at the moment too, so,” the officer replies.
The department went on to explain that while it would discourage officers from discarding items into a citizen’s car, this footage proves that evidence was not planted.
Authorities also noted that no arrests were made in this incident and the driver was the only one issued a citation for speeding. The statement added that since four officers were present at the scene, police have more than six hours of footage to review but they promised to release the footage in full in the near future.
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Medical Groups, Local Leaders Push for Healthcare Workers and Public Employees To Get Vaccinated
The move comes as COVID cases have nearly quadrupled in the last month due to the rapid spread of the highly infectious delta variant.
Increased Calls for Mandatory Vaccinations in Certain Sectors
More than 50 of America’s largest medical groups representing millions of healthcare workers issued a statement Monday calling for employers of all health and long-term care providers to require mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations.
The groups, which included the American Medical Association, the American Nurses Association, and 55 others, cited contagious new variants — including delta — and low vaccination rates.
“Vaccination is the primary way to put the pandemic behind us and avoid the return of stringent public health measures,” they wrote.
The call to action comes as new COVID cases have almost quadrupled during the month of July, jumping from just around 13,000 infections a day at the beginning of this month to more than 50,000.
While the vast majority of new infections and hospitalizations are among those who have not received the vaccines, many healthcare workers remain unvaccinated. According to data collected by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, over 38% of nursing home staff were not fully vaccinated as of July 11.
An analysis by WebMD and Medscape Medical News found that around 25% of hospital workers who were in contact with patients had not been vaccinated by the end of May when vaccinations became widely available.
In addition to calls for medical professionals to get vaccinated, some local leaders have also begun to impose mandates for public employees as cases continue spiking.
Last month, San Francisco announced that it was requiring all city workers to get vaccinated. Also on Monday, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said that all municipal employees — including police officers and teachers — must either get the jab or agree to weekly testing by the time school starts in September.
Dr. Fauci Says U.S. Officials Are Considering Revising Mask Guidance for Vaccinated People
Numerous top U.S. health officials have applauded efforts by local leaders to mitigate further spread of the coronavirus, including the nation’s top infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, who confirmed Sunday that federal officials are actively considering whether to revise federal masking guidelines to recommend that vaccinated Americans wear face coverings in public settings.
In May, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said people who are vaccinated do not need to mask in public. Although that was a non-binding recommendation, many states and cities that had not already lifted restrictions on masking began to do so shortly after.
But now, local leaders in areas seeing big spikes have begun reimposing mask mandates — even for those who are vaccinated — including major counties like Los Angeles and St. Louis.
In his remarks Sunday, Fauci also emphasized that, despite claims from many conservatives, those efforts are in line with the federal recommendations, which leave space for local leaders to issue their own rules.
While Fauci and other top U.S. public health officials have encouraged local governments to take action, Republican lawmakers in several states are taking steps to limit the ability of local leaders and public health officials to take certain mitigation measures.
According to the Network for Public Health Law, at least 15 state legislatures have passed or are considering bills to limit the legal authority of public health agencies — and that does not even include unilateral action taken by governors.
Some of the leaders of states suffering the biggest spikes have banned local officials from imposing their own mask mandates, like Arkansas, which has the highest per capita cases in the country right now, as well as Florida, which currently ranks third.
Notably, some of the laws proposed or passed by Republicans could go beyond just preventing local officials from trying to mitigate surges in COVID cases and may have major implications for other public health crises.
For example, according to The Washington Post, a North Dakota law that bans mask mandates applies to other breakouts — even tuberculosis — while a new Montana law also bars the use of quarantine for people who have been exposed to an infectious disease but have not yet tested positive.