Kellyanne Conway, the president's counsellor and one of the longest-serving members of the Trump administration has announced that she is following in the footsteps of so many people over the past four years and is leaving the White House.
In a statement released on Sunday, Conway announced that she would be stepping away from her role to "devote more time to family matters" news that has been greeted fondly by her husband George, who is an outspoken critic of Trump.
Conway's tenure at the White House was historic in more ways than one. She is one of the last remaining members of Trump's successful 2016 campaign and was the first woman ever to manage a winning presidential campaign.
However, her time in the job was not shy of controversy and the odd faux par all in the aide of supporting Trump and his agenda. Whether she was embarrassing herself by attempting to defend the indefensible or saying something that was completely outrageous, Conway has almost had as many face-palm moments as the president himself.
1. "Alternative facts"
Just days into her job, Conway found new and interesting ways to defend Trump. After the debacle of the now infamous crowd size that Trump attracted for his inauguration, Conway claimed that the then press secretary Sean Spicer had given 'alternative facts' on the subject which even caused NBC's Chuck Todd to laugh off as nonsense.
Shortly after Trump enforced the controversial travel ban on people coming to the US from Muslim countries, Conway tried to claim that Barack Obama had done exactly the same when he banned Iraqis for apparently masterminding a terrorist attack that never happened. Speaking on MSNBC she said:
I bet its brand new information to people that President Obama has a six month ban on the Iraqi refugee programme, after two Iraqis came here to this country, were radicalised, and they were the masterminds behind the bowling green massacre. Most people don’t know that because it didn’t get covered.
After the former national security advisor, Michael Flynn resigned in February 2017 following controversy involving a Russian diplomat, Conway appeared on NBC's Today Show to explain why he had left his position but did such a bad job that host Matt Lauer had to tell her that she 'wasn't making sense.'
4. 'President Action, President Impact'
Just a month into Trump being president and Conway had already come up with a new nickname for him, which really didn't stick at all.
5. Claiming that a video of a CNN journalist 'assaulting' a White House staffer had not been 'altered' but 'sped up'
Fast forward now to November 2018 and the controversy surrounding CNN reporter Jim Acosta who was briefly banned from the White House for apparently 'assaulting' a staffer during a heated press conference with the president. The White House released a video which they claimed showed Acosta moving his arm in a forceful way to fend off the woman, a video that was mostly discredited and reportedly altered. Conway's defence on the video wasn't so much that the video was 'altered' but 'sped up' which is kinda the same thing.
6. Attempting to defend Donald Trump Jr with a set of bizarre signs
In July 2017, Trump Jr caused a minor scandal when he claimed to have obtained copies of supposed emails exchanged between the Kremlin and Hillary Clinton's campaign team. There were suggestions at the time that Trump Jr had committed a federal crime and in an attempt to defend the president's eldest son, Conway appeared on Fox News and held up some very interesting signs which really didn't make that much sense at all.
7. When she thought 'Inspector Gadget' was a literal inspector of gadgets
8. That time she made herself very comfortable in the Oval Office
In July 2019, Conway sparked fury after she attempted to defend a series of tweets from the president where he told four congresswomen of colour to 'go home.' While taking questions on the issue, Conway appeared to become angry after Andrew Feinberg asked her where the women should return to despite the aforementioned women coming from the United States. Her response was to ask Feinberg 'what country he was from', which will probably go down as one of her most scandalous moments.
10. When she gave an excruciating interview on whether Trump tried to fire Robert Mueller or not
Dodging simple questions was surely Conway's greatest asset.
Shortly after the death of convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, Donald Trump began sharing conspiracy theories linking the Clinton's to the disgraced socialite, who also has connections to Trump. After being quizzed on why Trump was sharing baseless theories, Conway told Fox News:
I think the president just wants everything to be investigated, as your reporter just revealed. Just the day before, there was some unsealed information implicating some people very high up, and I'm not going to repeat their names, you already did that, I'm not saying anything beyond that, and I won't.
But I will say, Bill, that there is this rush to... we need transparency, we need accountability when it involves fictional accusations such as 'collusion' with Russia in order to swing an election. This seems to be very concrete, in that Jeffrey Epstein has done some very bad things over a number of years, and so let's continue to investigate that.
12. Singing Taylor Swift lyrics that are actually critical of Trump
After pop superstar and Democrat Taylor Swift released the song 'You Need to Calm Down' Conway appeared on Fox News to literally sing it's praises but clearly didn't read into the subtext of the lyrics.
13. Saying that she can call coronavirus the 'China virus' because she married an Asian man
The racism that the Trump administration has kicked up since the coronavirus began has been pretty sickening. Trump's instance of calling Covid-19 the 'China virus' or 'Kung-flu- just because it came from the Asian nation has been endlessly scrutinised but according to Conway it's ok because she is married to an Asian man, the aforementioned George who is half-Filipino.
14. Thinking that there have been 18 other versions of Covid
We'll finish on coronavirus as the pandemic will probably be the one lasting legacy that the Trump administration leaves behind. In an attempt to blame the World Health Organisation for the outbreak, Conway told Fox News that "this is COVID-19, not COVID-1 folks." Just so you know the 19 stands for the year that it was discovered in i.e. 2019.
Thanks for everything Kellyanne, it's been terrible...