Young political advocates: How young people are using the Internet to speak up

Sydney McCall | Staff Writer

A new generation of young people are not afraid to speak up about their beliefs, and they’re using social media to do so. 

Claudia Conway, 16, and daughter of presidential counselor Kellyanne Conway, uses TikTok and Twitter to voice her opinion about President Donald Trump and other members of the White House administration.

“You’re a [expletive] idiot,” Conway tweeted about Trump to her 589,000 Twitter followers.

She regularly uses her platform to voice her support for qualified immunity, defunding the police and Black Lives Matter, ideas that the current administration has openly opposed. As a result, Conway has consistently found herself trending.

Conway also broke the news that her mother tested positive for COVID-19 after attending the nomination of Amy Coney-Barrett at the White House. 

After President Trump revealed his diagnosis, Conway posted a TikTok captioned “my mom coughing all around the house after Trump tested positive for COVID,” with an attached audio saying “That’s suspicious.” Hours later, she posted that her mom had tested positive. 

Kellyanne Conway was forced to announce her positive test after speculation began due to her daughter’s post. Two days later, Claudia Conway announced that she had also tested positive for the virus. She used her social media networks to urge Americans to take the virus seriously by wearing masks and social distancing. 

After the President was released from his three-day stay at Walter Reed Medical Center for COVID-19, many speculated as to how he recovered so quickly. His verbiage suggested that he was healed and that the virus should be taken lightly. 

“He literally is not OK,” Conway said, referring to the President on her TikTok. She was named a “reporter” and “whistleblower” by many in the media. 

“Claudia Conway is the only source I trust on Trump’s condition” said Lorie Liebig, a publicist for Lucky Bird Media. 

Conway is just one of many outspoken members of Generation Z, those born between 1997 and 2012, and who use social media to discuss politics. 

“I really think my generation isn’t afraid of saying how we feel,” said Xavier Wilson, a first year strategic communications major at HU. “If we disagree with something we are going to speak up, especially since we have social media.”

Conway is not the only child of a politician who is voicing their dissenting opinion. Caroline Giuliani, the daughter of Rudy Giuliani, former New York mayor and affiliate of Donald Trump, endorsed Joe Biden. She said that while coming out against her father’s beliefs is hard, no one can afford to be silent right now. 

“If being the daughter of a polarizing mayor who became the president’s personal bulldog has taught me anything, it is that corruption starts with yes-men and women,” Carolina said in a Vanity Fair Op-Ed.

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