One of President Trump's most trusted (and frequently most vocal) advisers, Kellyanne Conway, continues to battle it out with the press. Also with Trump critics, Democrats, and essentially anyone who hasn't been willing to stomach the "alternative facts" the Trump administration has seemingly been foisting on the general public. But just because she hasn't been loving the critics doesn't mean she isn't showing a little love on social media... or is she? When Conway reportedly tweeted "Love you" to a white nationalist on Valentine's Day (because of course), she denied her involvement. But was Kellyanne Conway's Twitter hacked?
Of course, the entire incident could have been the work of an overeager staffer, and not Conway, but for the most part, it usually appears that Conway is the one behind the wheel, throwing more skepticism into the mix. According to a report by BuzzFeed, Conway was initially tweeted a supportive message by Twitter user LibHypocricy. Apparently, LibHypocricy felt Conway needed a little online a hug, a message of strength and appreciation. Which had them tweeting:
Your strength & resiliency in face of vile hatred, bigotry and sexism of the unhinged Left is a daily inspiration! Love you!
This message was retweeted by someone — either Conway herself, since it came from her Twitter account, or a nefarious hacker intent on sending subversive messages of love on Valentine's Day, or an excited staffer, who knows — and that "someone" then added the comment,
Love you back!
All this likely would have been sort of sweet and relatively meaningless, except LibHypocricy likes to play around with hashtags like #whiteidentity and #nationalist. Their Twitter bio claims to "hate Anti-American Liberals, Marxists and Commies."
Conway removed the tweets and sent a statement to BuzzFeed on Tuesday to say she was in no way involved in the exchange:
I’ve never heard of Lib Hypocrisy obviously. I denounce whoever it is. I’m going to find out who’s tweeting it. It will be immediately deleted. Everybody makes mistakes.
(No word yet on whether these are plain old "facts" or the newfangled "alternative facts.")
Romper has reached out to the White House for additional comment on the exchange and is awaiting a response.
But which hypothetical scenario should be considered more troubling: the thought that a White House counselor could have allegedly been sending out a little Twitter love to an account that posts things like, "I love the smell of deportations in the morning"? Or the idea that such an integral member of the president's administration could so easily have their social media account hacked, and then go on to blithely say, "Oh everyone makes mistakes"?
Neither of these options sit well. But for now, the best we can hope for is that Conway has been able to regain control of her Twitter account from whomever it was that allegedly posted the troubling retweet in the first place.