- 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)
SAT Drops Subject Tests and Optional Essay Section
- The College Board will discontinue SAT subject tests effective immediately and will scrap the optional essay section in June.
- The organization cited the coronavirus pandemic as part of the reason for accelerating these changes.
- Regarding subject tests, the College Board said the other half of the decision rested on the fact that Advanced Placement tests are now more accessible to low-income students and students of color, making subject tests unnecessary.
- It also said it plans to launch a digital version of the SAT in the near future, despite failing to implement such a plan last year after a previous announcement.
College Board Ends Subject Tests and Optional Essay
College Board announced Tuesday that it will scrap the SAT’s optional essay section, as well as subject tests.
Officials at the organization cited the COVID-19 pandemic as part of the reason for these changes, saying is has “accelerated a process already underway at the College Board to simplify our work and reduce demands on students.”
The decision was also made in part because Advanced Placement tests, which College Board also administers, are now available to more low-income students and students of color. Thus, College Board has said this makes SAT subject tests unnecessary.
While subject tests will be phased out for international students, they have been discontinued effective immediately in the U.S.
Regarding the optional essay, College Board said high school students are now able to express their writing skills in a variety of ways, a factor which has made the essay section less necessary.
With several exceptions, it will be discontinued in June.
The Board Will Implement an Online SAT Test
In its announcement, College Board also said it plans to launch a revised version of the SAT that’s aimed at making it “more flexible” and “streamlined” for students to take the test online.
In April 2020, College Board announced it would be launching a digital SAT test in the fall if schools didn’t reopen. The College Board then backtracked on its plans for a digital test in June, before many schools even decided they would remain closed.
According to College Board, technological challenges led to the decision to postpone that plan.
For now, no other details about the current plan have been released, though more are expected to be revealed in April.
See what others are saying: (The Washington Post) (NPR) (The New York Times)
Biden To Block Trump’s Order Lifting COVID-19 Travel Ban
- President Trump issued an executive order Monday lifting a ban on travelers from the Schengen area of Europe, the U.K., Ireland, and Brazil.
- Trump said the policy will no longer be needed starting Jan. 26, when the CDC will start requiring all passengers from abroad to present proof of a negative coronavirus test before boarding a flight.
- The move was cheered by the travel industry; however, incoming White House press secretary Jennifer Psaki warned that Biden’s administration does not intend to lift the travel restrictions.
Trump Order End To COVID-19 Travel Ban
President Donald Trump issued an executive order Monday ending his administration’s ban on travelers from the Schengen area of Europe, the U.K., Ireland, and Brazil.
That ban was put in place last spring in an effort to curb the spread of coronavirus in the U.S. In his announcement, however, Trump said the policy will no longer be needed starting Jan. 26, when new rules from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention go into effect.
Starting that day, the CDC will require all passengers from abroad to present proof of a negative coronavirus test before boarding a flight.
The recommendation to lift the ban reportedly came from Alex Azar, the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services. According to Trump’s proclamation, “the Secretary reports high confidence that these jurisdictions will cooperate with the United States in the implementation of CDC’s January 12, 2021, order and that tests administered there will yield accurate results.”
It’s worth noting that the ban will stay in place for travelers from Iran and China. Still, Trump’s announcement was generally cheered by members of the travel industry who have been pushing to lift the ban and require preflight testing instead.
Biden To Block Trump’s Order
Soon after the news broke, the incoming White House press secretary for President-elect Joe Biden, Jennifer Psaki, warned that Biden would block Trump’s order.
“With the pandemic worsening, and more contagious variants emerging around the world, this is not the time to be lifting restrictions on international travel,” she wrote on Twitter.
“On the advice of our medical team, the Administration does not intend to lift these restrictions on 1/26. In fact, we plan to strengthen public health measures around international travel in order to further mitigate the spread of COVID-19,” she added.
With that, it seems unlikely that Trump’s order will actually take effect.
It’s also worth noting that this is one of many executive orders Trump has issued just before inauguration day.
Some of these orders could soon be overturned once Biden takes office Wednesday. Biden is also expected to roll out his own wave of executive orders in his first 10 days as president.
See what others are saying: (The Wall Street Journal) (The New York Times) (CNN)
New COVID-19 Variant Could Become Dominant in the U.S. by March, CDC Warns
- The CDC warned Friday that a new highly transmissible COVID-19 variant could become the predominant variant in the United States by March.
- The strain was first reported in the United Kingdom in December and is now in at least 10 states.
- The CDC used a modeled trajectory to discover how quickly the variant could spread in the U.S. and said that this could threaten the country’s already overwhelmed healthcare system.
CDC Issues Warning
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned Friday that the new COVID-19 variant could become the predominant variant in the United States by March.
While it is not known to be more deadly, it does spread at a higher rate, which is troubling considering the condition the U.S. is already in. Cases and deaths are already on the rise in nearly every state and globally, 2 million lives have been lost to the coronavirus.
The variant was first reported in the United Kingdom in mid-December. It is now in 30 countries, including the U.S., where cases have been located in at least ten states. Right now, only 76 cases of this variant have been confirmed in the U.S., but experts believe that number is likely much higher and said it will increase significantly in the coming weeks. It is already a dominant strain in parts of the U.K.
Modeled trajectory shows that growth in the U.S. could be so fast that it dominates U.S. cases just three months into the new year. This could pose a huge threat to our already strained healthcare system.
Mitigating Spread of Variant
“I want to stress that we are deeply concerned that this strain is more transmissible and can accelerate outbreaks in the U.S. in the coming weeks,” said Dr. Jay Butler, deputy director for infectious diseases at the CDC told the New York Times. “We’re sounding the alarm and urging people to realize the pandemic is not over and in no way is it time to throw in the towel.”
The CDC advises that health officials use this time to limit spread and increase vaccination as much as possible in order to mitigate the impact this variant will have. Experts believe that current vaccines will protect against this strain.
“Effective public health measures, including vaccination, physical distancing, use of masks, hand hygiene, and isolation and quarantine, will be essential,” the CDC said in their report.
“Strategic testing of persons without symptoms but at higher risk of infection, such as those exposed to SARS-CoV-2 or who have frequent unavoidable contact with the public, provides another opportunity to limit ongoing spread.”