The Internet and Late Night Shows Have a Field Day with Kellyanne Conway's Microwave Gaffe
Stephen Colbert tried reaching out to former President Barack Obama via a microwave
On the Late Show’s Monday night broadcast, host Stephen Colbert mocked Conway’s insinuation that “microwaves that turn into cameras” could have been used to spy on Trump’s 2016 campaign — by reaching out to former President Barack Obama via a microwave.
Naturally assuming that Obama was listening in through the popcorn setting, Colbert whispered a message to the former president: “I miss you.”
Over on Late Night, host Seth Meyers poked fun of Conway’s comment to CNN host Chris Cuomo that, “I’m not Inspector Gadget; I don’t believe people are using the microwave to spy on the Trump campaign.”
“And when Inspector Gadget heard that, he said, ‘Even I think you’re crazy and my hat turns into a helicopter,’ ” Meyers quipped.
Even Obama White House photographer Pete Souza got in on the joke on Instagram, posting a photoshopped picture of the former president peering through a camera lens from the inside of a microwave.
“Someone has been photoshopping one of my photos,” Souza wrote. “For the record, it wasn’t me.”
In an interview with the Bergan Record at her Alpine, New Jersey, home on Sunday, Conway furthered President Donald Trump‘s unsubstantiated claims that Obama wiretapped Trump Tower during the election last year.
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“What I can say is there are many ways to surveil each other,” she said. “You can surveil someone through their phones, certainly through their television sets — any number of ways.”
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Among the ways, she mentioned “microwaves that turn into cameras,” adding: “We know this is a fact of modern life.”
Conway later attempted to clarify her comments, tweeting on Monday:
“On wiretap claims, I have said many times that we are pleased the House/Senate Intel Committees are investigating & will comment after. Response to Bergen Record was about surveillance articles in news & techniques generally, not about campaign. Headline just wrong.”
But some people are still convinced that Conway might be on to something.
One user even took extreme precautions to protect himself from his microwave.