Breakfast Briefing, 7.13.2017: Conway's INXS strategy backfires

Was top Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway tipping her cap to a classic 1980s music video on Hannity last night?

(Image via Twitter).
(Image via Twitter).

Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway appeared to take some cues from the band INXS’ 1987 video for the song "Mediate" for her Wednesday night Hannity appearance, holding up signs on-air with the words "CONCLUSION?," "COLLUSION," "ILLUSION," and "DELUSION" to apparently make the point that she thinks the latest turns in the RussiaGate story are bunk. And thus started the memes.

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