On way to SCOTUS announcement, WH reporters deliberately marched past Hillary Clinton portrait

On way to SCOTUS announcement, WH reporters deliberately marched past Hillary Clinton portrait
Winner and loser: Donald Trump in front of Hillary Clinton portrait (Image: Time magazine video screen grab)

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.

Hillary Clinton.

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.

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

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Rusty Weiss

Rusty Weiss

Rusty Weiss is editor of the Mental Recession, one of the top conservative blogs of 2012. His writings have appeared at the Daily Caller, American Thinker, FoxNews.com, Big Government, the Times Union, and the Troy Record.


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