Kellyanne Conway Shoots Down Theory About Mark Halperin Hug Snub
Some media outlets pointed to a scene from 'The Circus' in which Conway hugged two other collaborators on the show, but not Halperin.
On Friday, multiple media outlets pointed to a potentially ominous scene from the Showtime political series The Circus in which, during a Donald Trump victory party on election night, now-White House counselor Kellyanne Conway hugged two of the show's co-hosts, but not Mark Halperin, who this week was accused of sexual harassment by multiple women.
Conway, in the scene, is seen enthusiastically greeting John Heilemann and Mark McKinnon, but then seeming to snub Halperin. The Daily Caller said the scene "has taken on new meaning," and Raw Story said it "could be more significant in light of the recent sexual allegations against the longtime political reporter."
Reached by email, Conway told The Hollywood Reporter that there's nothing to the perceived snub. "I’d already exchanged pleasantries with Mark earlier," she said, noting that Halperin had been at Trump campaign headquarters prior to the president's declared victory.
"Heilemann came in jeans and a vest later, as I recall, stunned and surprised," she said. "He definitely needed a hug."
A day after CNN reported that five women have accused Halperin of acting inappropriately, Showtime released a statement saying that the network "will continue to evaluate all options should we decide to move forward with another season of The Circus."
Halperin and Conway had a testy exchange during Morning Joe on Sept. 25, when Halperin pressed Conway on a comment made by Trump that Halperin said was "black-and-white, factually incorrect."