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Kellyanne Conway May Have Broken Federal Law With Pro-Trump Tweets

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On a rainy day, there’s nothing better than scrolling through Twitter and chuckling at the total ridiculousness of GOP-obssessives’ tweets. “Lowest black unemployment in history!” they cry. If you listen carefully, in the godawful campaign videos of people smiling, you can actually hear living standards tumbling and social divisions tearing the country apart faintly in the background.

Perhaps the very best pro-Trump tweeter of all is Kellyanne Conway, Head of the #1 Donald Trump Appreciation Society. When she’s not shooting her mouth off over at Fox News about something either irrelevant or way more complex than she makes it out to be, she likes to spend her spare time staring mindlessly at news websites until something not overtly anti-Trump comes up, so that she can tweet it.

It’s plain to even the untrained eye that this is utterly pathetic and not fooling anyone. However, we can now go one step further than that: Conway’s horrendous tweets sucking up to her boss might actually be illegal.

There’s a part of US law called the Hatch Act which is basically there to stop people misusing their position for political gain. So federal employees aren’t allowed to use their work (government) email and social media accounts, nor the barrels of resources that come with their office, for their own political ends. Breaking it can land you a substantial fine and serious disciplinary actions like suspension or even termination.

Unlucky for Kellyanne, then, that she has been so brazen with her tweeting for so long. The Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) organisation, which is a watchdog that tries to spot suspicious public activity and then pounce on it, has launched an official complaint to the Office of Special Counsel (OSC) alleging that Conway has broken the Hatch Act a ton of times by completely misuing her social media accounts.

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The complaint refers to a whole host of tweets and retweets from Conway that clearly endorse a pro-Trump line, to the point of sharing his campaign slogans. For instance, she recently retweeted Ronna Romney McDaniel, the chairwoman of the Republican National Committee (RNC), with a patently political statement about gender equality in the Republican party (which isn’t a thing, by the way).

Her other offending tweets include retweets of a Washington Examiner article which shows Trump in a MAGA hat alongside a very favorable (and profoundly misleading) headline, as well as Fox News tweets containing snippets of broadcasts that clearly have a pro-Trump bias and frequently quote his campaign rhetoric.

All this time, we’ve been focussed on Trump’s tweeting and we forgot about Conway! Dear oh dear, Kellyanne.


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