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WASHINGTONÂ âÂ White House counselor Kellyanne Conwayâs 15-year-old daughter Claudia was not expecting theÂ wave of support she got afterÂ TikTok videos opposing her momâs boss went viral in the last day.
But now ClaudiaÂ says she hopes to use her platformÂ to educate others on social justice issues.
Kellyanne Conwayâs husband, conservativeÂ lawyer George Conway, is known as an outspoken critic of President Donald Trump, despite her high position within the administration. Now her teen daughter has amassed a large following on social mediaÂ where she posts anti-Trump and pro-Black Lives Matter videos.Â
âI know a lot of my friends are so informed andÂ I think they wouldnât be if it werenât for social media, which is why I think using oneâs platform for good and for the education of others is so, so important, especially in our day,âÂ ClaudiaÂ told USA TODAY on Tuesday.
Claudia, one of the Conwaysâ four children, saidÂ she holds the opposite politicalÂ views of her mother and most of her family members. She and her motherÂ sometimes get into political arguments, but have a âbest friendâ relationship, she said.
ClaudiaÂ said the reaction to her videos has been overwhelmingly supportive,Â something she said came as a surprise. After New York Times journalist Taylor Lorenz tweeted about Claudiaâs videos Monday night, her profile was flooded with views and was the subject of media articles. She now has over 40,000 followers on the platform and got âhundreds and hundreds and hundreds of thousands of views.â
Her father is supportive of her videos and speaking to media, she said, thoughÂ some viewers of her videos have questioned her relationship with her mother.Â
âMy dad is pretty supportive of it, you know, my mom, sheâs always taught me to stand up for what I believe in,â she said.
âA lot of people have been telling me that Iâm disrespecting my mother by doing thisâIâm not at all,â Claudia said. âI want nothing but love for her because she is an amazing person.â
USA TODAY has reached out to Kellyanne Conway for comment.
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ClaudiaÂ has posted videos on TikTok suggesting that viewers leave bad reviews on Trumpâs properties and complainingÂ that âour president for the next four years is either going to be a r@pi$t or a r@pi$t,â likely a reference to multiple assault and harassment allegations against Trump and the allegation that Joe Biden assaulted a former staffer.
âI donât support the pussy-grabbing president. Period. Piece of sât. Period,â ClaudiaÂ said in a live TikTok videoÂ on Tuesday.
Progressive Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg are two of Claudiaâs idols, she said. SheÂ is also a supporter of the Black Lives Matter movement and has asked her TikTok viewers to push for the arrests of the police officers involved in the death of Breonna Taylor, a Black woman who was shot in her apartment by police in Louisville in March.
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The self-describedÂ teen activist said that she decided to use her social media channels to advance more liberal causes after educating herself on issues such as marriage for same-sex couples and abortion.
âGrowing up in aÂ family where youâre really only exposed to one side and your mom is a public figureÂ working for some of the biggest Republican politicians in the nation, you know, 12-year-old me was wondering, âWhy? Why is my mom doing this?â
ââWhat does she believe in? Why does she believeÂ this and why does she fight for this so much?â And soÂ I started reading,â she said.
Though ClaudiaÂ says she doesnât think her mom has budged on most of her political opinions, she may have been influenced to support the Black Lives Matter movement in part because of her daughterâs advocacy.
âI honestly think that she is pro-Black Lives Matter because of me,â Claudia said.
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Claudia said itâs been hard to grow up with her parents in the political spotlight. She said she has been bullied over her parentsâ politics. Headlines about her parentsâ opposing views and their marriage have made her life difficult, she said.
âI honestly donât think itâs anyone elseâs business, other than my family and mine, to be honest,â she said. âItâs kind of frustrating that Iâve kind of grown up around that.â
Kellyanne Conwayâs family dynamic has been the subject of attention over the years due to George Conwayâs frequent criticism of the president on Twitter and as a commentator. HeÂ supported the Democrat-led impeachment inquiry of Trump. George Conway shared one of his wifeâs tweets late last year with the comment, âYour boss apparently thoughtâ that he needed Ukraineâs help to defeat Joe Biden in the 2020 election.
Claudia said her mother asked her to take down content from her TikTok account after it started gaining attention yesterday, but she declined. She has deleted some videos for âprivacy reasonsâ because they featured friends, she said on a TikTok live video Tuesday.
ClaudiaÂ said family members have dismissed her political opinions because of her age, but thatÂ âIâm a teenager with valid views.â She encourages young people to educate themselves on political issues.
âItâs 2020. Everyone should get on board, especially Gen Z,â she said.Â âWe should all educate ourselves and spread love any way we canÂ because, because our world is so filled with hate. Thereâs no room for any more.â
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