Things That Make You Go Hmmm: Conway’s “American” Revolution

Kellyanne Conway departs for a church service before the 58th Presidential Inauguration in Washington
Kellyanne Conway, advisor to U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, departs for a church service before the 58th Presidential Inauguration in Washington, U.S., January 20, 2017. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

This is just one of many, many significant images from the past week, but it’s one that really bothers me, for small reasons that are indicative of a larger situation.

Kellyanne Conway described her Inauguration Day outfit as “Trump revolutionary wear.”

And media outlets quickly picked up on the fact that Conway’s tricolor coat was a Gucci ready-to-wear design that cost $3600, but no one seems to have looked more deeply into its back-story.

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VOTE! Election Day 2016

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Just before Election Day 2008, I purchased these three buttons at a Gap location near my Manhattan workplace. The Gap had invited ten artists to create buttons incorporating the word “VOTE,” and the resulting designs were selling for $5 apiece. (A dollar from each sale was donated to the voter-registration initiative Declare Yourself.) The artists were Fab5Freddy, John Baldessari, Adam Pendleton, Kara Walker, Nate Lowman, John Waters, Deborah Kass, Assume Vivid Astro Focus, Laurie Simmons, and Sean Landers.

I purchased buttons from three artists: Assume Vivid Astro Focus (the psychedelic letters playing on Robert Indiana’s iconic LOVE), Kara Walker (the silhouette of a girl’s head), and Laurie Simmons (the cat figurines). I wish I had bought a full set.

A lot has changed over the past eight years. A lot has not changed. Remember to vote today if you’re registered.