- 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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Soldier Charged With Assault After Shoving Black Man in Viral Video
- Authorities charged Army soldier Jonathan Pentland with third-degree assault and battery on Wednesday after a viral video showed him shoving a Black man while yelling at him to leave a South Carolina neighborhood.
- Many people, including dozens who protested outside Pentland’s home this week, condemned the confrontation as another instance of someone being attacked for “walking while Black.”
- Pentland and others claimed the unidentified man was picking a fight with neighbors, which the man denied, but police said nothing that may have happened earlier justified Pentland’s actions.
- If convicted, Pentland faces a $500 fine and 30 days in jail.
A U.S. soldier was charged with assault on Wednesday after a video that circulated online showed him yelling at and shoving a Black man in a South Carolina neighborhood.
Footage of the April 8 incident was posted to social media Monday. It shows the Army soldier, Jonathan Pentland, confronting the unidentified man and telling him to leave the neighborhood.
The other man explains that he’s just walking through the area and doing nothing wrong, but Pentland becomes increasingly aggressive. “You better walk away,” he shouts at the man after shoving him.
“You either walk away, or I’m gonna carry your ass out of here,” he continues before adding, “You’re in the wrong neighborhood motherf*ker. Get out!”
The man then tries to tell Pentland that he lives in the neighborhood, and Pentland then asks for his address, which he does not give.
The confrontation continues with Pentland cursing and getting in the man’s face. As he does so, the man says that Pentland smells drunk.
It’s unclear what exactly led up to the confrontation, but in the video, a woman off-camera says the man “picked a fight with some random young lady that’s one of our neighbors.”
“I don’t even know who she is. Nobody picked a fight when someone ran up on me,” the man replies. Another woman off-screen then encourages the man to leave with her, saying, “What’s your name? Come on. You don’t want no trouble.”
Video Triggers Protests Outside Pentland’s Home
After this video spread online, many social media users condemned it as another instance of someone being attacked for “walking while Black.”
In fact, protesters even began demonstrating outside of Penland’s home. Those protests started off peaceful, but deputies were then called after 8 p.m. because unknown individuals vandalized the house. That forced police to shut down access to the area and remove Pentland’s family to another location.
As far as the viral video, deputies were told that the man approached “several neighbors in a threatening manner” and that someone had asked Pentland to “intervene.”
Police did confirm that there are two reports of alleged assault against the unnamed man Pentland shoved that are being investigated. However, they also added that the man has “an underlying medical condition that may explain the behavior exhibited in the alleged incidents.”
Either way, police said whatever happened earlier did not justify Pentland’s actions. He was ultimately arrested Wednesday morning and was charged with third-degree assault and battery. He faces a $500 fine and 30 days in jail if convicted.
“We’re not going to let people be bullies in our community,” Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott said at a news conference Wednesday. “And if you are, you’re going to answer for it, and that’s what we’ve done in this case.”
On top of that, the Justice Department reportedly was investigating. Pentland’s Commanding General even issued a statement condemning his behavior, adding that Pentland “brought disrespect to @fortjackson our Army and the trust with the public we serve.”
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Texas Students Created Snapchat Group To ‘Slave Trade’ Black Classmates
- Freshmen at a Texas high school set up a Snapchat group to pretend to sell their Black classmates.
- A screenshot showed the group name being changed from “Slave Trade” with emojis of a Black man, a gun, and a white police officer to “[racial slur] Farm” and then “[racial slur] Auction.”
- That image also shows a person saying they would spend $100 on a peer while a second student said they would spend $1 on another, adding “would be better if his hair wasn’t so bad.”
- The school faced backlash for initially describing it as “an incident of cyberbullying and harassment,” without acknowledging the racism. The district later issued a stronger condemnation and said the students were disciplined but did not list specific consequences.
Racist Snapchat Group
Aledo high school students at Daniel Ninth Grade Campus in Northern Texas are making headlines for setting up a Snapchat group to pretend to sell their Black classmates.
A screenshot reviewed by several local news outlets showed the group name being changed from “Slave Trade” with emojis of a Black man, a gun, and a white police officer to “[racial slur] Farm” and then “[racial slur] Auction.”
That image also shows a person saying they would spend $100 on a peer. A second student said they would spend $1 on another, adding “would be better if his hair wasn’t so bad.”
At least one student who was mentioned as being “sold” in the chats was later sent screenshots of the conversations.
According to a report from the Star-Telegram reported last week, when the issue was brought to Principal Carolyn Ansley, she sent parents an email that didn’t mention the Snapchat group but only cited “an incident of cyberbullying and harassment.”
That caused frustrations because parents felt the issue of racism wasn’t being addressed or acknowledged.
Mark Grubbs, a father of three former students, told KXAS he was sickened by the students’ actions. Grubbs, who is Black, also said he had taken his children out of the district over other racist incidents in the past.
“My son being called out of his name and what not and it got to the point he didn’t mind fighting and that didn’t sit right with me and my wife. My son was never a fighter,” he said.
After the incident garnered media attention, the Aledo Independent School District issued a statement.
The district said it learned of the incident more than two weeks ago and started an investigation that involved law enforcement.
“There is no room for racism or hatred in the Aledo ISD, period,” it added. “Using inappropriate, offensive and racially charged language and conduct is completely unacceptable and is prohibited by district policy.”
District officials spoke with the students responsible as well as their parents, saying they “made it clear that statements and conduct that targets a student because of his or her race is not only prohibited but also has a profound impact on the victims.”
The district also said it assigned disciplinary consequences, though it did not explicitly state what those consequences were or state how many students were involved.
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What You Need To Know About the Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Pause
- The CDC and the FDA have issued a joint recommendation to pause distribution of Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine amid reports that six women experienced “extremely rare” blood clots after receiving the single-dose shot.
- The vast majority of the 6.8 million Americans who were given the Johnson & Johnson vaccine have reported minor to no side effects, and no direct link has been established between the vaccine and blood clots at this time.
- The two agencies are expected to release updated guidance in the coming days.
- Several states and cities are now automatically giving the two-dose Pfizer vaccine to people who were scheduled to receive the Johnson & Johnson vaccine this week.
CDC and FDA Recommend J&J Vaccine Halt
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as the Food and Drug Administration, released a statement Tuesday recommending a pause on the use of Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine.
So far, 6.8 million people in the U.S. have been vaccinated with Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose vaccine, most with zero or only mild side effects.
The updated guidance comes after six women, all between the ages of 18 to 48, experienced what both agencies described as “extremely rare” blood clots six to 13 days after being vaccinated. One of those women has died and another is in critical condition.
Neither the CDC nor the FDA has confirmed that the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is the cause of these blood clots; rather, they said this guidance comes “out of an abundance of caution.”
That’s also in line with Johnson & Johnson itself, which said it’s aware of the reports but added that “no clear causal relationship has been established between these rare events.” As a precaution, Johnson & Johnson has also now delayed the rollout of its vaccine in Europe.
What Happens From Here?
Principal Deputy Director of the CDC Anne Schuchat said further recommendations will come quickly.
FDA Acting Commissioner Janet Woodcock echoed that statement, saying, “We expect it to be a matter of days for this pause.”
Wednesday, a CDC committee will convene to discuss the cases and assess their potential significance.
When asked if the government was overreacting to just six cases out of nearly 7 million vaccinations (a criticism made by some online), Schuchat said the CDC pulled its recommendation specifically because the type of blood clots seen in these 6 women requires special treatment, so “it was of the utmost importance to us to get the word out.”
In the meantime, both agencies are urging Johnson & Johnson vaccine recipients to contact their doctors if they experience any combination of severe headaches, abdominal pain, leg pain, or shortness of breath.
What If I Had A J&J Appointment?
Both agencies, as well as other health officials, are still urging unvaccinated people to take the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines when available in their area.
The White House’s COVID-19 response coordinator has said that 28 million doses of those vaccines will be made available this week. Notably, that’s more than enough for the country to continue giving 3 million shots a day.
If you had an appointment scheduled to get the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, you’re likely not completely out of luck.
For example, while D.C. vaccination sites are canceling all Johnson & Johnson appointments between Tuesday and this Saturday, the health department there has said it’ll send out invitations on Wednesday to reschedule.
Similar situations were reported in Virginia and Maryland, though some vaccination sites in Maryland are still honoring existing appointments by automatically giving people Pfizer instead. That’s also a process that is now being conducted in places like New York State and Memphis.