Donald Trump's presidential counselor recently commented in an interview that "microwaves can turn into cameras" in response to a question about Donald Trump's absolutely unsubstantiated claim that the Obama administration "wiretapped" Trump Tower. Obama's spokesman has called the allegations false. Unsurprisingly, this comment prompted a firestorm of Kellyanne Conway microwave memes and tweets from social media users who found Conway's claims ripe for comedic fodder.
Conway initially made the "microwave comment" during an interview on Sunday with The Bergen Record. When the interviewer asked if Conway knew if Trump Tower was wiretapped, she responded, "What I can say is there are many ways to surveil each other now, unfortunately. There was an article this week that talked about how you can surveil someone through their phones, through their — certainly through their television sets, any number of different ways, and microwaves that turn into cameras, et cetera. So we know that that is just a fact of modern life."
Conway subsequently backtracked on her comments a bit during an interview on ABC on Monday, saying that her response to the question about Trump Tower being wiretapped was a reflection on general existing surveillance technology, not a delineation of the specific means with which she believed Trump Tower was supposedly wiretapped (a claim for which, she admits, she has no evidence).
However, whatever Conway intended with her response, Twitter certainly did not back down from having fun with Conway's initial microwave comment, creating some impressive and amusing memes and tweets that will hopefully add a touch of lightheartedness to an otherwise absurd scenario.
1. Espionage Button
Comedy Central suggests that there is a button on your microwave you may have been overlooking for years.
2. When Old School Is Best
This Twitter user suggests their 1980s microwave is "spyproof" because it predates microwave "spy technology."
This Twitter user reflects on the diverse features of their new microwave.
4. A Spy's Manual
I am pretty certain Marie T. Smith never imagined her book would one day be equated with an espionage training guide.
This Twitter user suggests one merely has to open their microwave door to find evidence of the (absolutely unsubstantiated) Obama wiretapping claims.
6. How Have We Never Noticed This?
This Twitter user suggests we have been accidentally overlooking the spying capabilities of microwaves for years.
7. Wanted Ad
This Twitter user lists all of the microwave's alleged "crimes."
8. The Toaster Did It
This Twitter user implies that the real kitchen espionage expert is the toaster, who seemingly adeptly framed the microwave for its crimes.
9. Microwave Podcast
Journalist Howard Fineman suggests you can also use your microwave to tune into his "fully baked" podcasts.
10. Battle Of The Kitchen Appliances
This Twitter user reveals that your entire kitchen may be spying on you — and engaging in turf wars.
11. Destroy The Microwaves
Writer Nick Pappas envisions the extreme measures he believes some may take after Conway's microwave comment.
12. Drastic Measures
This Twitter user reveals that they have had to turn to an iron and blowdryer to heat their pizza after they stopped using their microwave "spy device."
13. Already Taken Care Of
This Twitter user suggests that there is a benefit to supposedly having the CIA operating your microwave.
14. Watch Out For The Mixers
This Twitter user implores that people remain vigilant, as a "spying Obama" could also be lurking in their kitchen mixer.
15. Enjoying A Laugh
This Twitter user envisions Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama discussing Conway's "microwave camera" claim.
These memes and tweets are just some of the many creative "microwave contributions" that users have shared on social media. While they certainly provide much entertainment, they also serve to remind everyone that it is exceedingly important to hold administration officials accountable for their words.