I don’t really know what to make of this. But what I do know is that I’ve been where Claudia Conway is now. And I totally understand her pain, and hope that she can get rescued from this.
Claudia Conway is the daughter of George Conway (one of the founders of The Lincoln Project) and Kellyanne Conway (the President’s go-to spokesperson). In the past few months, she’s posted a series of TikTok videos in which she talks about life in the Conway home.
In many of these videos, they appear initially to be films about a 15-year-old girl’s life as the daughter of two political figures. You know, the kind of stuff that would eventually get made into a TV sitcom or something.
But the more you watch Claudia Conway’s videos, the more uncomfortable they appear. Because they’re not traditional “Hi, look at me and my fun life” videos.
They’re screams for someone to rescue her from an abusive mother.
For example, here’s a collection of recordings during the time when the Conway family were infected with COVID-19, which most assuredly came from the Rose Garden event where Trump introduced future Supreme Court justice Amy Coney Barrett.
Holy fuck. I don’t know what hit worse, Kellyanne Conway telling her COVID-infected daughter that there was no way that she contracted COVID-19 from the President, or that one comment… “Ungrateful bitch, you’re lucky your mom is pro-life.”
Wow. Kellyanne Conway just told her daughter that if it weren’t for the fact that Kellyanne is pro-life, well then…
Yeah. And in that moment, I heard, as clear as a church bell, my father’s voice. And him telling me, when I was living with him and his third wife during that four months in 1978 when I was trapped in the Chestnut Prison … “If abortion was legal in 1963, you wouldn’t have been my problem.“
And in that moment, I heard as well, the voice of my stepfather, who, after Schlitz-fueled rages, would come into my bedroom at 12:00 at night, yank me out of bed, beat me until I was black and blue, and then throw me back in bed.
And this woman, with her carefully cultivated conservative image of lying for the President, her whole “alternative facts” and “Bowling Green Massacre” and everything else she’s spewed out of her forked tongued mouth…
These aren’t TIkTok videos, they’re hostage messages where the hostage is reading a prepared script and blinking out rescue coordinates in Morse code with his eyes.
Yeah, I remember these moments from childhood. Well, my childhood didn’t have TikTok, but it sure as hell had verbal and emotional and physical abuse punched upon me. And it fucked my brain up. It made me not trust people. It made me believe that I was worthless and hopeless and useless.
Trust me, when you leave one toxic family life, and you go live in another toxic family life, and then you escape that one and live with an aunt and uncle and THAT’s just as toxic… you really start doubting your own personal sanity.
As I said, I’m no fan of Kellyanne Conway. But this is a new low, even for her. You’ve got a kid being physically and emotionally abused, and even a veiled threat in the “I should have aborted you when I had the opportunity” vein.
Someone get in there and get Claudia Conway out of that toxic situation.
No child deserves that amount of abuse heaped upon her.
No matter if your mom is famous or not.