Trolling level: Master.
A group of White House reporters covering President Trump’s selection of Brett Kavanaugh as the replacement for Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court was given a subtle reminder as to who isn’t getting to make these selections.
In an epic move mocking the two-time loser of presidential elections, White House staff led the gaggle of reporters past a very symbolic service area in the building featuring trash compactors, then directly past a portrait of Hillary in a first-floor hallway.
In a troll of deeply epic proportions White House staff just walked all reporters & journalists covering the SCOTUS pick by the dumpster & a portrait of Hillary Clinton. When I asked @hogangidley45 if that was on purpose he said “absoloutely.” pic.twitter.com/5g30dGjXu1
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) July 10, 2018
When a reporter asked White House Deputy Press Secretary Hogan Gidley if the move had been intentional he responded simply, “Absolutely.”
Clinton’s portrait has been used for effect and trolling to send a message in the past — and not just by Republicans.
Barack Obama had it hanging among the White House Christmas decorations during his last holiday celebrated as President.
Last April, the portrait appeared as the backdrop of a photo of Sarah Palin, Kid Rock, and Ted Nugent: a subtle reminder that they were in the White House, and she wasn’t.
And in May of last year, the president surprised a group of schoolchildren touring the White House and posed for some pictures in front of the painting.
This time, the painting served as a reminder both to Trump supporters and detractors that, had the election results gone the other way, Mrs. Clinton would have been the one making these selections to fill vacancies on the Supreme Court.
In case the reporters didn’t get the subtle jab the first time around, they were walked right past the portrait again as they returned to the press room.
Cross posted at the Mental Recession