Former White House official Kellyanne Conway appeared on ‘American Idol’ to support her 16-year-old daughter Claudia, but the moment is being slammed for giving a positive image to the Trump ally.
Claudia Conway was accompanied during her audition for ‘Idol’ by her father, vocal Trump critic George Conway, but her mother appeared via video chat before and after to show support for her.
“Remember, honey. Winners are people who are willing to lose,” she said at one point to Claudia, who made it to the next round of auditions after performing both Rihanna’s ‘Love on the Brain’ and Adele’s ‘When We Were Young’.
While the segment included no politics and appeared to be little more than a mother supporting a daughter pursuing her dream, it has been triggering for Trump critics, who were not pleased at the appearance of Kellyanne Conway on such a major show.
“Good work by American Idol in their efforts to rehab the reputation of horrible human @KellyannePolls,” MSNBC’s Soledad O’Brien tweeted on Monday in reaction to the segment.
“Now that they’ve helped rehab mendacious behemoths like Kellyanne Conway and Sean Spicer it’s only a matter of time before ABC casts the QAnon shaman as the next Bachelor,” fellow MSNBC talking head Matt Negrin wrote, referring to the former White House press secretary’s controversial appearance on ABC’s ‘Dancing with the Stars’ in 2019.
Now that they’ve helped rehab mendacious behemoths like Kellyanne Conway and Sean Spicer it’s only a matter of time before ABC casts the QAnon shaman as the next Bachelor https://t.co/t3a3QqDqFO
— Matt Negrin, HOST OF HARDBALL AT 7PM ON MSNBC (@MattNegrin) February 15, 2021
Others blasted ‘Idol’ as exploitative and Kellyanne Conway as abusive, citing several public fights she has had with her daughter, many of which had been posted to Tik Tok.
American Idol is gross for allowing an abusive creature like Kellyanne Conway to rehab her image on the show, and using Claudia Conway’s pain to make a quick buck.Disgusting.
— BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@mmpadellan) February 15, 2021
This. This is what you get when you don’t hold seditionists, insurrectionists and white supremacists accountable:They remake their image and re-enter polite society through singing competitions on prime-time network TV. https://t.co/3zWjLJXdgz
— brittany packnett cunningham. (@MsPackyetti) February 15, 2021
Kellyanne Conway not only was a Senior advisor when they ran a kidnapping apparatus of migrant children, she also was there as her boss allowed hundreds of thousands to die because of the pandemic. This is disgusting and y’all should be ashamed of yourselves.
— Erick Fernandez (@ErickFernandez) February 15, 2021
‘Idol’ judge Katy Perry referenced some of the public drama surrounding Claudia Conway when she first appeared on the show, asking her if she was okay, and then later offering her advice.
“You have to quiet the storm around you,” she said.
Claudia Conway described her relationship with her mother as “iffy,” but said they love each other.
“She loves me and I love her,” Claudia said. “I just feel like our relationship’s a little iffy. Most of my life, my feelings had been suppressed. So then I got social media and I was like, ‘Well, yeah, now my voice is being heard.’”
In the segment before her audition, Claudia Conway described how she hated living in Washington DC and her mother’s work for the former president.
“I had to move to Washington, DC, when I was 12, and I hated it,” she said. “When your mom’s working for the president of the United States, who you pretty much disagree with, it’s really hard.”
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