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Claudia Conway Had A Sweet Sixteen And Fans Are Worried About COVID-19

Updated October 29, 2020.

Claudia Conway, AKA the Kellyanne Wrangler, is being forced to answer some questions after she threw a sweet 16 party over the weekend. The TikTok activist had a Halloween-themed party at her New Jersey home for her 16th birthday over the weekend which went viral after TikTok star Nick Davis posted a video from the evening

In a TikTok post that has since been shared to Twitter, Davis revealed that he attended Conway’s birthday party in which Kellyanne was also in attendance.

That same evening Claudia took to Snapchat to explain the details and respond to criticism for throwing a party during the COVID-19 pandemic. “We met all COVID restrictions and everyone was fairly social distanced, etc,” Claudia explained. “Masks were provided.” She also noted that when the party got out of hand because people who were “uninvited” attended the entire event was shut down. Claudia also underlined that she would “never do anything illegal or against COVID restrictions” and that “the local authorities were aware of the gathering.”

News of the party comes just a few weeks after Claudia revealed that she had contracted COVID earlier this month after her mother contracted it from President Trump.

By now we all know that Claudia Conway is The Queen of holding her mother Kellyanne Conway accountable.

So it’s no surprise, that the outspoken teen and daughter to President Donald Trump’s former counselor publically called out her mom for giving her COVID-19 earlier this October.

And of course, she did it on her favorite platform: TikTok… We just didn’t expect for her to do it to Donald Trump (AKA leader of the free world) himself.

Which means…

Kellyanne Conway is officially duking it out with COVID and her daughter.

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Since confirming her COVID-19 diagnosis last Friday, Kellyanne’s 15-year-old daughter Claudia has been tracking and sharing her every move. And the former White House aid is less than pleased. In a post shared to Claudia’s TikTok account this week, Kellyanne can be seen and heard scolding her daughter for sharing the news.

“You caused so much disruption. You lied about your f****ing mother about COVID? About COVID?!” Kellyanne yells at her daughter while lying with her in bed.

“That’s how I interpreted it,” Claudia replied.

“Interpreted it?” Kellyanne demanded before realizing her daughter was recording the conversation. “You’re taping me again?”

Kellyanne responded on Twitter to her daughter’s leaks with a tweet that criticized those encouraging her behavior.

“My daughter, Claudia, is beautiful & brilliant. She has access to top doctors & health care & lives comfortably,” she tweeted. “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.”

Last Friday, Claudia Conway revealed to the world that Kellyanne had Coronavirus prompting her mother to make the announcement herself.

Last Friday, soon after it was revealed that Donald Trump had tested positive for Coronavirus, Claudia, posted a video of herself on TikTok wearing a face mask with a caption that read “update my mom has covid.”

“Bye i’m done i’ll see you all in two weeks,” Claudia wrote in the caption. Almost an hour later, Kellyanne confirmed to the public that she had tested positive for COVID-19 on Twitter. “My symptoms are mild (light cough) and I’m feeling fine. I have begun a quarantine process in consultation with physicians,” she wrote. “As always, my heart is with everyone affected by this global pandemic.”

News of Kellyanne’s diagnosis comes at a time when many in the president’s inner circle have been tested for and diagnosed with Coronavirus. Hope Hicks, the president’s senior counselor, his wife Melania Trump, and White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany, as well as members of Congress, have all been in contact with the president and contracted the virus.

Conway, Trump’s longtime aide, had reportedly been in close contact with the president as he prepared for his debate against Joe Biden last Tuesday. She also attended a Sept. 26 Rose Garden event for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett, which reportedly saw 150 high-profile guests in attendance. According to reports, many in attendance did not wear masks.

Soon after revealing her mother’s diagnosis, Claudia shared a follow-up video to her 948,000 TikTok followers.

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“Im furious,” she wrote in the follow-up video. “Wear your masks. dont listen to our idiot fucking president piece of shit. protect yourself and those around you.”

On Friday, Claudia also posted that she was “suspicious” that her mother might have COVID noting that Kellyanne was “coughing all around the house after trump tested positive for COVID. She shared the video with audio of Cardi B saying “that’s suspicious.”

After spotting attempts by Trump to downplay his COVID diagnosis, Claudia publically called out the president.

On Monday, after a COVID-19 diagnosis and a weekend in the hospital, Trump returned to the White House and insisted that he was doing well, despite suspicions to the contrary. After all, according to CNN, a source familiar with the President’s health said “The President’s vitals over the last 24 hours were very concerning and the next 48 hours will be critical in terms of his care. We are still not on a clear path to a full recovery.” Before making a public appearance on a balcony of the White House and removing his mask (thus risking exposure of the virus to others) Trump insisted that he had mild symptoms, and tweeted to followers “Don’t be afraid of COVID.”

In response, Claudia replied “guys lmao he’s not doing ‘better.'” The teenager went on to explain that the president is “so ridiculous, apparently, he’s doing so badly.”

Claudia has been outspoken about her parent’s political beliefs and slammed them both publicly for their conservatism.

This past August, Kellyanne and her husband George Conway, posted that they would resign from their posts to focus more on their family after a string of claims made by Claudia to the press and on TikTok.

“I will be transitioning from the White House at the end of this month,” Kellyanne wrote in a statement posted to Instagram. “George is also making changes. We disagree about plenty but we are united on what matters most: the kids. Our four children are teens and ‘tweens starting a new academic year, in middle school and high school, remotely from home for at least a few months. 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. This is completely my choice and my voice. In time, I will announce future plans. For now, and for my beloved children, it will be less drama, more mama.”

Soon after her parents’ announcements, Claudia wrote in a post to TikTok that “words are not enough to express my love for my following. you are all amazing. thank you for the support and love. may you feel my love and peace back. i am taking a break to process this recent news and to stabilize my mental health. i love you. i love you. i love you.”

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Have A Virtual Hot Date? Here’s How To Make Sure It Doesn’t Suck

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Have A Virtual Hot Date? Here’s How To Make Sure It Doesn’t Suck

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For the single introverts among us, lockdown might seem like the perfect opportunity to re-charge our social batteries and have some much needed alone-time. But no, thanks to the wonders of technology and just how damn adaptable human beings are, virtual dating has totally become a thing. 

For better or for worse, people are dating just as much as ever – albeit through a screen. So if you’re using dating apps during lockdown, arranging video dates and looking for virtual date ideas, here’s a handy guide on how to stay safe and how to ace virtual dating.

Make a damn effort

Act as if the date was in person and get ready accordingly. Shower if you haven’t already that day — it’ll make you feel a lot better — and put on your favorite outfit. Even if it’s not seasonally appropriate, who cares? Wear the sundress pushed all the way back in your closet. Put on makeup if that’s your thing, and do your hair. 

It makes all the difference not only in how you present yourself but by how you perceive yourself. You’ll feel better on the date, more like your “usual” self. 

Figure out your camera setup beforehand

Pro-tip: Do all this the day before, or at least an hour before, the date starts. That way you’re not scrambling and worrying about your angles. Decide if you’re going to use your phone or computer. Put it at eye-level, if possible. If you’re using a laptop, you can place it on a stack of books, but you can also DIY it by leaning your phone against your laptop screen (which can have its own book stack setup) or anything else you can find. 

And…lighting…lighting….lighting! Set yourself up with some good, flattering lighting before you start the call. Find a place that’s the most flattering in your house. Be sure you’re not backlit by a window which can wash out your face.

Simulate real date ideas

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Although you obviously can’t “grab a drink” together, you can simulate that. Text before the date and decide if you’ll be drinking wine, coffee, or eating dinner “together.” You can even do a twist on “Netflix and chill,” simultaneously using Netflix’s “party” function; if you go that route, choose something campy or that you’ve both seen before so you can chat easily during it.

Trust your instincts

“A nip slip may not be appropriate for a date with a new person,” Moraya DeGeare, a licensed marriage and family therapist, joked to Refinery 29. “It’s modern times, so I think there will be the temptation for people to be really bold and ask about FaceTime sex. People are horny and trapped in their houses. On one hand, that’s okay, but on the other, you’re risking someone taking screenshots,” she cautions. “Listen to your intuition and don’t do something you don’t feel comfortable with.”

She adds that you shouldn’t take the call from bed, because “you’re immediately sending all these other signals unintentionally.” Generally, she says you should conduct the date as you would in person.

Expect awkwardness to happen, because it will happen

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Awkwardness isn’t necessarily a bad thing and, when dating is involved, it’s inevitable. First dates in real life have their own clumsy moments, so don’t beat yourself up if your camera freezes for a moment, or if you talk over the other person. It’s going to happen! Just laugh about it and move on.

Stay safe and comfortable

Although it may seem like common sense, being cooped up inside for so long has left many of us lacking some of the most basic people skills. Remember to not give out any of your personal details – think home address and bank details – and watch out for any suspicious links that might come through in the chat.

Before the date, it’s also a good idea to do some recon on your date’s social media to make sure they are who they say they are. Also, don’t show your face on camera if they’re not showing theirs, that’s a serious red flag.

And lastly, know that you can end the date whenever you want to. You don’t owe anybody anything and it’s totally fine if you’re feeling uncomfortable or in danger to just end the call. But remember, basic dating etiquete also still remains so don’t just close your computer screen without saying goodbye because you’re just not feeling the vibe.

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These Nuns Have Become TikTok Sensations Because of Their Hilarious Videos

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These Nuns Have Become TikTok Sensations Because of Their Hilarious Videos

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When you normally think of a Catholic nun, images probably come to mind of a stern and serious older woman who is quick to scold. But this group of nuns on TikTok go against every one of those stereotypes.

The Daughters of Saint Paul has recently become a TikTok sensation because of their hilarious and playful viral videos.

The Boston-based convent has racked up almost 56k followers from just a handful of videos that they’ve posted to the popular social media platform. The sisters have only posted three videos, but they’ve already gotten over 965.k likes and 6 million views.

The sisters have posted videos of themselves dressed up as ghosts while wandering around the convent grounds, what they’ve dubbed the “Holy Ghost photo shoot”.

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When temptation strikes. ⚡️ #IsThisAvailable #Catholic #MediaNuns @srbethanyfsp @pursuedbytruth

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There is another surprisingly funny video of themselves recreating the internal struggle of resisting Satan. The video is captioned “Thinking about giving into temptation” and set to the TikTok favorite song “Is This Available”. More than anything, its the committed performances of the two nuns that elevate the video to hilarious levels.

And of course, the Daughters of Saint Paul also posted the “This or That challenge” set to the ’80s Run DMC classic “It’s Tricky”. In this one, a group of the nuns split off into different groups based on what they prefer. The categories are super specific: “Morning prayer” is pitted against “Evening prayer” and “rosary” is pitted against “divine mercy chaplet.”

The sisters seem to have struck a chord with viewers because the videos are wholesome, lighthearted, but most of all, unexpected.

@daughtersofstpaul

When temptation strikes. ⚡️ #IsThisAvailable #Catholic #MediaNuns @srbethanyfsp @pursuedbytruth

♬ original sound – Lubalin

The joy and playfulness of the Daughters of Saint Paul have made them bonafide celebrities of the TikTok world. Their comment section abounds with praise like “This is EVERYTHING–y’all are the best,” and “This is so wholesome I love it here.”

Commenters also refer to their account as “NunTok”. There are also people asking for the nuns to pray for specific issues in their lives–like conceiving a baby or passing a test. It truly is one of the oddest corners of the internet.

The account appears to be run by Sister Bethany, a young media-savvy nun who has her own popular TikTok page.

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I can’t stop laughing at this! (Vid was taken pre-covid) #fyp #Catholic #RareAesthetic

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In one informative TikTok, Sister Bethany explains why this particular convent of nuns is so present on social media, saying that they are “media nuns” and they use their talents to create content for their faith. But they also have guidelines about what they post.

“We the sisters are always asking ourselves, ‘Is this a good use of time?’ ‘Am I putting out things that are good, true, and beautiful?’,” said Sister Bethany. “And those are things we can all ask ourselves. And those are the ways we moderate our social media use.” No matter your beliefs, that’s definitely some great advice!

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