- Claudia Conway, the 15-year-old daughter of the former White House senior counselor Kellyanne Conway and the Lincoln Project cofounder George Conway, has established herself as a public figure on TikTok.
- The teenager first went viral in June for her political TikToks in which she voiced her support for the Black Lives Matter movement, distanced herself from her mother’s politics, and expressed her dislike of President Donald Trump.
- As Conway continued to post TikToks and acquire hundreds of thousands of followers, she began to publicly spar with her parents on Twitter.
- As her social-media posts escalated, she made explosive allegations against her high-profile parents that included abuse.
- After Conway posted on Twitter about “pursuing emancipation,” both Kellyanne and George Conway resigned from their respective positions, citing a desire to focus on family.
- In one of Conway’s recent TikToks, the teenager revealed that her mother had tested positive for COVID-19, claimed that the former Trump adviser initially lied about her test result, and suggested that the president’s condition was more serious than had been reported.
- Conway retracted her claim that the former Trump adviser lied about the test result as her mother appeared to instruct her from behind the camera.
- In her most recent TikTok video, Conway issued a statement claiming to have no inside knowledge of the Trump administration and asking for privacy for her family.
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On the evening of October 2, Kellyanne Conway, a former senior counselor to President Donald Trump, announced that she had tested positive for the coronavirus. The announcement came just weeks after she notified the public that she would be leaving the White House to focus on her children.
Twitter discussion quickly turned to Conway’s 15-year-old daughter, Claudia, who first broke the news about her mother’s illness after developing a robust social-media following over the summer thanks to her anti-Trump TikToks, tweets, and livestreams criticising her parents’ political views and discussing their complicated family dynamic.
Insider hasn’t independently verified any of the allegations Claudia Conway had made against her parents. Both Kellyanne and George Conway declined to comment on the record for this article.
The teenager’s social-media presence has stirred up impassioned discussions online, as commenters attempted to reconcile the public nature of her viral TikTok and Twitter posts with their beliefs in a struggling teenager’s right to privacy.
Here’s a timeline of Claudia Conway’s controversial social-media presence.
Claudia Conway became a public figure in her own right when her political TikToks gained traction in June.
While the teenager has been using TikTok for years – she began posting videos on Musical.ly in 2015, before the app was purchased by the Chinese company ByteDance in 2017 and merged with TikTok – her profile drew thousands of new viewers in June when users discovered her political and anti-Trump content.
Conway participated in several trends on the app, including #savebarron, a satirical movement of social-media users hoping to “save” Barron Trump from his father and the White House (the hashtag has generated over 200 million views on TikTok).
In other videos, she voiced her support for the Black Lives Matter movement and encouraged followers to leave one-star reviews of Trump’s hotels, golf courses, and restaurants.
The sudden social-media attention pushed Conway’s follower count above 31,000 by the end of the month, with several of her videos receiving hundreds of thousands of views. Accordingly, the comments sections of her videos flooded with criticism from Trump supporters calling her social-media presence “disrespectful” and support from newfound fans heralding her “legendary” defiance.
Conway has 1.3 million TikTok followers.
Following the spike in engagement, Conway began to open up about her politics and relationship with her parents.
On June 30, Conway told Insider’s Connor Perrett that her TikToks stemmed from her efforts to learn more about politics and move away from her family’s conservative ideology.
“I took the time to educate myself and took the time to branch out and be exposed to other sides and other biases and whatnot,” she said in a phone interview where her father, George Conway, was present.
Establishing her own identity in the shadow of a famous parent, however, proved to be a challenge.
“Growing up when your mum is Kellyanne Conway, it’s really, really hard to disassociate yourself with that image, because people look at me and are like, ‘Oh, that’s Kellyanne Conway’s daughter, she must love Trump.’ In reality, I really don’t,” she said.
The 15-year-old added that she and her parents argued about politics “all the time” and that she felt consistently “shut down” by her “entire family.”
Still, she insisted at the time, she viewed her mother as her “best friend” – and she described her parents as “the most generous, well-educated people” who she wished “nothing but success and good fortune.”
Conway also said she “respectfully declined” her mother’s request to take down the viral videos.
As Conway racked up hundreds of thousands of TikTok followers and received more media attention, she began publicly sparring with her parents online.
As Conway’s view counts and overall visibility skyrocketed, she appeared to clash with her parents – and several of her explicitly political videos also disappeared from her profile.
On July 3, George Conway condemned the media coverage of the teenager’s social-media presence, instructing the press to “desist” contacting his daughter – to which she responded, in a since-deleted tweet: “You’re just mad that i’m finally getting my voice heard. sorry your marriage failed.”
Apparent family tensions escalated when Conway continued tweeting at her parents, asking them to “please stop shutting off my phone.”
In July, Conway said she’d stop discussing her family publicly and was being “forced” to delete her social-media profiles.
On July 10, Conway took to Twitter, where she has more than 500,000 followers, to announce that she would no longer discuss her family online, claiming that her father attempted to delete her social-media profiles.
She went on to discourage her followers from sharing their impassioned responses, writing, “no hate to anyone.”
In another tweet, Conway clarified that she felt her Twitter account should not be dedicated to speaking about her clashes with her parents.
“You have questions? go ask them,” she wrote, adding that the constant speculation about her family and personal life were unappreciated.
“Apparently, i don’t have a platform! it’s fake!” she wrote. “love you all so much. keep fighting.”
Just two days after posting about her impending departure from social media, Conway posted a TikTok joking about being “cured” of her leftist views.
On July 15, Conway reappeared on TikTok: this time, with a tongue-in-cheek video voicing her newfound “love” for Trump.
In the clip, which appeared to be addressed to her mother, she said: “Hi Smelly Kelly, the rumours are true, I have been cured from my radical leftism. And now I love Trump and I love our president.”
The 15-year-old concluded the video by saying “MAGA” with a wink.
The post was later removed, but Conway continued sharing content, including a video of a Zoom call in which her mother made an appearance and waved at participants.
@datjerseygirlKDAWG DID NOT JUST-
At the end of July, Conway returned to Twitter, where she promptly resumed her political posts.
Upon her return to the platform, Conway suggested that her phone had been taken away and most likely would be taken away again.
“Got my phone back!” she tweeted on July 29. “Probably wont have it for long though considering i’m about to revolutionise twitter brb.”
Within 24 hours of return to the platform, Conway responded to several of the president’s tweets, calling his statements about the coronavirus “racist”; voicing her love for Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, asking the congresswoman to “adopt” her; and writing, “eat the rich.”
Soon after her return to Twitter, Conway faced off with her mother on the platform.
On July 30, Kellyanne Conway tweeted a tribute to Herman Cain, writing that the businessman and political activist had “led a remarkable life and will be missed.”
Claudia Conway, however, took issue with her mother’s framing of the situation.
“Yes it is sad but wasn’t your administration complicit in his death ?? yikes,” she responded the following day.
Cain died after being hospitalized with COVID-19. While it was unclear how he contracted the virus, he tested positive 11 days after attending an indoor campaign rally for Trump in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
The disagreement between mother and daughter continued when Kellyanne Conway reiterated a comment from Robert Redfield, the director of the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, regarding mental health and the COVID-19 pandemic.
“#CDC Director: more deaths among high school students from suicides & drug overdoses than from #COVID19,” she tweeted. “He said lockdowns & a lack of public schooling caused a disproportionally negative impact on young peoples’ mental health.”
The 15-year-old’s response was swift.
“How can you possibly compare SUICIDE rates to COVID-19 fatality rates amongst TEENAGERS?” she responded. “As your daughter who has struggled with suicidality in the past, you make no sense.”
Conway went on to post screenshots of a text conversation with a phone contact labelled “mother.” In the texts, “mother” – presumably, Kellyanne Conway – told her daughter that she was “tired of this,” instructing her to trust “the nation’s lead doctors” and “learn the facts.”
“What an idiotic argument backed with no logic,” the younger Conway responded. “This is not a matter of bipartisan politics. suicidality is NOT to be compared to covid-19 deaths. i’m very disappointed in you.”
The tweet has since been deleted.
In August, Conway alleged that her parents had been abusive and said she was searching for a family lawyer.
On August 2, Conway posted a TikTok video in which she listed the events of 2020 “so far,” detailing her mental-health struggles, family issues, and viral fame.
In the clip, she claimed to have experienced “non-stop CPS investigations” because of abuse and said her mother had gotten her arrested.
@datjerseygirlim still alive somehow
In response, commenters offered Conway support, and several expressed concern about the teenager’s increasingly public family situation.
A representative from the Child & Family Services Agency could not confirm investigations into the Conways, telling Insider that district and federal confidentiality laws precluded CFSA from providing comment.
The post received thousands of concerned comments detailing resources for legal aid and offering mental-health advice.
Conway then voiced disappointment in her mother’s career choices and told followers she was “pursuing emancipation.”
On August 22, she took to Twitter to say she was “devastated” by the news that her mother would be speaking at the Republican National Convention.
Conway also addressed the situation on TikTok, writing: “Just found out my mum is a speaker at the RNC… that’s it. i’m out. running away phase 1 starts tomorrow at 7 am.”
She went on to tell her Twitter followers that she would be “officially pushing for emancipation,” noting that a legal battle would most likely “be public one way or another, unfortunately.”
In a follow-up tweet, the 15-year-old called her mother’s trajectory “heartbreaking” and “selfish.”
“It’s all about money and fame, ladies and gentlemen,” she wrote.
Conway then addressed her father’s politics, saying that the two agreed on “absolutely nothing” and that social-media users should reassess their admiration for him.
As news of her desire for emancipation circulated on Twitter, Conway fired back against Twitter users spreading misinformation, accusing her followers of twisting things.
“I’m not getting emancipated because of my mum’s job,” she clarified. “It is because of years of childhood trauma and abuse.”
Shortly thereafter, Conway announced she’d be taking a break from social media to focus on her well-being.
The 15-year-old tweeted that her situation was “becoming way too much” and that she would be taking a “mental health break” from her social-media accounts, thanking her fans for their support and urging followers to cease posting hate comments directed at her parents.
She also posted a TikTok video announcing her social-media hiatus.
In the clip, she said she would be deleting TikTok “for a week or so” and urged her followers to “remember to manifest love and peace” for themselves and those around them.
@datjerseygirltaking an actual mental health break this time. love you guys.see you soon
Later that evening, both George and Kellyanne Conway issued statements announcing their resignations from their respective positions.
On the evening of August 23, George Conway took to Twitter to announce that he would be withdrawing from The Lincoln Project to “devote more time to family matters.”
Kellyanne Conway also took to Twitter announce that she was “gratefully & humbly” leaving the White House.
In an attached statement she wrote that she and her husband, who “disagree about plenty,” were united in focusing on the well-being of their children.
“Our four children are teens and ‘tweens starting a new academic year, in middleschool and high school, remotely from home for at least a few months,” she wrote. “As millions of parents nationwide know, kids ‘doing school from home’ requires a level of attention and vigilance that is as unusual as these times.”
She added that her resignation was “completely” her choice, concluding that her presence at home will be “less drama, more mama” for her children.
Conway paused her social-media hiatus to address the new family developments with her TikTok audience.
In a TikTok video posted shortly after her parents’ resignation announcements, Conway expressed disbelief.
“Look what I did. Look. At. What. I. Did, ladies and gentlemen,” she said in the video, using the app’s green-screen feature to show her father’s tweet in the background.
@datjerseygirlthe power i hold – i they think this is gonna stop me fromgetting emancipated? NANSHAJAB BYE
In response to the deluge of questions from curious viewers, a visibly upset Conway livestreamed her reaction on TikTok.
In the clip, which was reposted to YouTube, Conway claimed her parents were leaving their jobs and tabling plans to divorce to keep her from successfully seeking emancipation.
Her parents’ public displays of concern for the family, she suggested, were inauthentic.
“I can tell you, being their daughter, they don’t give a s—. Like, they don’t give a s—,” she said in the clip. “My dad doesn’t care about me, he’s never cared about me, he probably doesn’t even know my middle name.”
Conway went on to allege that her parents had been physically abusive in the past and she would continue to pursue emancipation following her 16th birthday in October.
She said her parents’ recent gestures ultimately were “not genuine.”
“I just said this to them: ‘You guys [are] putting on this whole show.’ You know, they want attention. Them putting on this whole show of them leaving – it just, isn’t going to be effective,” she said in the clip, adding that she’d spoken with lawyers who might take her case pro bono.
Conway also said she had not been made aware of her parents’ decision to turn their attention to the family; she said she found out about their plans on Twitter.
Before abruptly concluding the livestream, Conway added that her mental health was “at an all-time low.”
Conway then posted another TikTok in which she thanked her supporters for being “amazing.”
“I am taking a break to process this recent and stabilise my mental health,” she wrote.
Conway returned from her TikTok hiatus in September, and she continued to address her relationship with her parents.
After a brief break from posting content – and racking up Venmo donations from her supporters – Conway returned to the platform, where she continued posting videos about her politics and family tension.
In one video, she shared her father’s reaction to “WAP,” Cardi B’s hit single featuring the vocals of Megan Thee Stallion.
“I think he likes it,” she captioned the video, in which George Conway instructed her to stop recording.
In another clip, she poked fun at her apparent political influence, joking that she “made” her mother leave the White House and had “taken down” the Trump administration to save the country.
In one video, the teenager mocked a line from her mother’s resignation statement and suggested that the former Trump adviser had been largely absent since promising to spend time with her children.
“My mum after saying, less drama more mama,” she captioned the clip in which her image briefly flashes across the screen.
Conway continued posting content – after changing her TikTok name back to @claudiamconway – including a video in tribute to Ruth Bader Ginsburg following the Supreme Court justice’s death on September 18.
After President Donald Trump tested positive for COVID-19, Conway began posting videos addressing her family’s health — eventually revealing that her mother had also tested positive.
On October 2, following the news of the president’s COVID-19 diagnosis, the teenager posted a video in which she said her mother had been “coughing all around the house.” Conway set the video to a popular audio clip in which Cardi B says: “That’s suspicious. That’s weird.”
In a follow-up video, Conway added that her “lungs hurt” and she struggled to breathe.
In her next TikTok, she updated followers, writing that her mother had tested positive for the coronavirus.
“She told me not to post this but I’m so furious please wear your masks guys,” Conway wrote in the comment section.
@claudiamconwaybye im done ill see you all in two weeks
In a comment on a follow-up video, Conway claimed her mother had initially lied about her test result and told the family she’d tested negative.
Soon after posting the videos, Conway began trending on Twitter – and she posted a TikTok questioning the media’s fascination with her content.
She described her symptoms as “mild” and said she had begun the quarantine process. She did not confirm where she had been exposed.
Tonight I tested positive for COVID-19. My symptoms are mild (light cough) and I’m feeling fine. I have begun a quarantine process in consultation with physicians.
As always, my heart is with everyone affected by this global pandemic. ❤️
— Kellyanne Conway (@KellyannePolls) October 3, 2020
In a follow-up video, Conway suggested she had contracted COVID-19, but her father said she had not yet received her test results.
On October 5, Conway posted a video captioned “hey guys currently dying of covid!” and commented that she felt “like HELL,” while her mother exhibited “no symptoms.”
She and I were tested only an hour ago, and we don't have the results back. So the truth is we don't know. To the extent we were exposed, it would have only have been in the past 96 hours, so it may be too early to say in any event, even with a negative test result.
— George Conway (@gtconway3d) October 4, 2020
As concerns about the teenager’s health made their way to Twitter, George Conway weighed in on the situation.
In a tweet, he said he and his daughter had been tested only an hour prior so did not yet have test results.
The two had been exposed only in the past 96 hours, he added, so a test result might not yield accurate results.
The teen’s recent content captured a heated exchange with her mother.
In a TikTok video posted on October 5, Conway walked back on her claim that her mother lied about receiving a negative COVID-19 test. The retraction, however, appeared to come from the insistence of Kellyanne Conway, who could be heard instructing her daughter what to say on camera.
“Do it now,” the former Trump adviser said in the clip. “You say: ‘Correction: My mum had three tests.'”
“I’m doing it right now,” an exasperated Conway responded.
“Little clarification from my previous posts,” she captioned the video, which has been viewed over 2 million times. “[M]y mother claims she did not lie to me. She had three tests done, first negative, second two positive. [W]e were not in communication. I misinterpreted it.”
In a since-deleted TikTok, which YouTuber Def Noodles re-shared on Twitter, Conway can be seen in a heated argument with her mother about the impact of her videos.
“You’ve caused so much disruption,” Kellyanne Conway said in the video. “You lied about your f—ing mother. About COVID? About COVID?”
UPDATE: Claudia Conway posts TikToks showing her mother Kellyanne Conway’s heated discussion with her about family’s COVID situation. Claudia later speaks in code during live apparently saying she’s scared of mom—in thread. Claudia alleged earlier Trump is lying about his health. pic.twitter.com/xYKuWBGb9z
— Def Noodles (@defnoodles) October 6, 2020
The teenager then began a livestream in which she appeared to tell her followers – speaking in so-called “gibberish” – that she was afraid of her mother.
“Do we all speak gibberish the same way?” she asked before switching to the code language.
Several viewers gave translations the 15-year-old’s statement, claiming she said “going on live because [she’s] scared of [her] mum.”
During a live stream on TikTok, Claudia Conway speaks in code. Some in the comments were saying she’s saying she can’t say anything else and that’s she’s scared of her mom. pic.twitter.com/5PXneWCq7V
— Def Noodles (@defnoodles) October 6, 2020
In several TikTok comments that evening, Conway went on to suggest that Trump’s condition was worse than what had been presented to the public and that he was “literally not ok.”
As the videos racked up millions of views and media attention, Kellyanne Conway responded on Twitter, criticising public speculation about her daughter and her home life.
“My daughter, Claudia, is beautiful & brilliant. She has access to top doctors & health care & lives comfortably,” she wrote. “Like all of you, she speculates on social media Yet she’s 15 You are adults We have COVID, but it’s clear who’s really sick.”
My daughter, Claudia, is beautiful & brilliant. She has access to top doctors & health care & lives comfortably
Like all of you, she speculates on social media
Yet she’s 15
You are adults
We have COVID, but it’s clear who’s really sick
— Kellyanne Conway (@KellyannePolls) October 6, 2020
In another tweet, she confirmed that both she and her daughter were quarantining.
After making headlines again — and being heralded by some social media users as a “whistleblower” — Conway issued a statement demanding privacy.
On October 6, Conway posted a TikTok video revealing a written statement about her knowledge of the Trump administration, her relationship with her family, and her thoughts on being in the public eye.
In the statement, which she also shared in a Google Doc, the teen said that she had no “‘special’ insight into the President’s health status” and is not the “‘whistleblower’ of our time.”
@claudiamconwayi keep having to repost it because tiktok keeps adding weirdsounds
“It has come to my attention that my recent TikToks and comments have sparked intense controversy and uproar. This was not my intent,” the document reads. “I am appalled at the mainstream media’s efforts to exploit a teenage girl, which is negatively affecting my mental health.”
Conway went on to demand that she and her family be left alone.
In the comments section of the video, the 15-year-old asked her followers to “get [her message] into Twitter” and denied commenters’ suggestions that her mother had forced her to publish a statement.
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