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Kellyanne Conway sparks instant meme with signs mocking Russia firestorm

Dylan Stableford
Senior Editor

President Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway appeared on Fox News on Wednesday to push back against critics who say the Donald Trump Jr.’s preelection meeting with a Russian lawyer is proof that the Trump campaign tried to collude with the Kremlin. And she brought props to make her case.

“This is how I see it so far — this is to help all the people at home,” Conway told host Sean Hannity while holding a pair of signs with four words on them. “What’s the ‘conclusion’? ‘Collusion’? No, we don’t have that yet. I see ‘illusion’ and ‘delusion.'”

“So just so we’re clear, everyone: Collusion? No. Illusion and delusion? Yes,” she added. “I just thought we’d have some fun with words.”

The Trump administration is a known fan of visual props, including photos of crowds and stacks of paper representing legislation. Whether or not Conway’s effort to dismiss the Trump Jr. controversy — which involves a campaign meeting with a Kremlin-connected lawyer who may have claimed to have Russian dirt on Hillary Clinton — is successful remains to be seen.

Conway’s stunt was immediately mocked on Twitter, with amateur photo illustrators offering alternative versions of the exchange.

Several compared Conway’s signs to those Bob Dylan held up with his lyrics in the 1965 music video for “Subterranean Homesick Blues.”

Others compared it to a scene in the more recent 2003 film “Love Actually.”

Conway later shared a Mediaite article about her use of visual aids.

“Apologies to the humorless,” she tweeted.

It’s not the first time Conway has brought out a prop to argue on behalf of the president.

Following Trump’s abrupt firing of FBI Director James Comey in May, she appeared on CNN holding up printed copies of letters from Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein recommending Comey’s firing.

During an interview with CNN on May 10, 2017, Kellyanne Conway holds up a copy of the termination letter that President Trump had sent to FBI Director James Comey. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Trump later said that he was planning to fire Comey regardless of their recommendations because he had grown tired of the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

“When I decided to just do it, I said to myself, I said, ‘You know, this Russia thing with Trump and Russia is a made-up story,'” Trump told NBC’s Lester Holt. “It’s an excuse by the Democrats for having lost an election that they should’ve won.”

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