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.
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.
— Christie ? (@ChristieC733) July 10, 2018
Oof. That had to hurt.
The Daily Caller reported that a “large gaggle of reporters were walked through the bowels of the service area, past some recycling and trash compactors and directly past Hillary Clinton’s portrait hanging in the White House first floor hallway.”
When a reporter asked White House Deputy Press Secretary Hogan Gidley if the move had been intentional he responded simply, “Absolutely.”
In a troll of deeply epic proportions White House staff just walked all reporters & journalists covering the SCOTUS pick by the dumpster & a portrait of Hillary Clinton. When I asked @hogangidley45 if that was on purpose he said “absoloutely.” pic.twitter.com/5g30dGjXu1
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) July 10, 2018
Clinton’s portrait has been used for effect and trolling to send a message in the past.
Barack Obama had it hanging amidst the White House Christmas decorations during his last holiday celebrated as President.
Oh look a House warming gift for @realDonaldTrump , I’m sure he will enjoy his new dart board
— Mark Hogan (@inperilous1) November 29, 2016
Last April, the Clinton portrait hung in the background of a photo involving Sarah Palin, Kid Rock, and Ted Nugent, a subtle reminder that they were in the White House, and she wasn’t.
Meanwhile, at the White House…
— TRUMP SUPER ELITE ?? (@TrumpSuperElite) April 20, 2017
And in May of last year, the President surprised a group of schoolchildren touring the White House and took some pictures in front of the painting.
This time, it 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.
Read more at the Political Insider