Kellyanne Conway calls Oval Office couch backlash 'vicious' and 'venomous'

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White House senior adviser Kellyanne Conway has spoken out after she faced backlash for putting her feet on an Oval Office couch, saying she "meant no disrespect."

President Trump's former campaign manager appeared on Fox Business Network's Lou Dobbs Tonight on Tuesday, and responded to her having been photographed with her feet up during a White House meeting with the heads of U.S. historically black colleges and universities (HBCU's).

"I was being asked to take a picture in a crowded room with the press behind us, and I was asked to take a certain angle and was doing exactly that," Conway told Dobbs in the interview. "I certainly meant no disrespect. I didn't mean to have my feet on the couch."

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Senior advisor Kellyanne Conway (L) sits on a couch as U.S. President Donald Trump welcomes the leaders of dozens of historically black colleges and universities (HBCU) in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, U.S. February 27, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
Senior advisor Kellyanne Conway (L) attends as U.S. President Donald Trump (behind desk) welcomes the leaders of dozens of historically black colleges and universities (HBCU) in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, U.S. February 27, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Senior advisor Kellyanne Conway (L) attends as U.S. President Donald Trump (behind desk) welcomes the leaders of dozens of historically black colleges and universities (HBCU) in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, U.S. February 27, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 27: Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway takes a picture of U.S. President Donald Trump with members of the Historically Black Colleges and Universities in the Oval Office of the White House, on February 27, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Aude Guerrucci-Pool/Getty Images)
Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway (L) checks her phone after taking a photo as US President Donald Trump and leaders of historically black universities and colleges pose for a group photo in the Oval Office of the White House before a meeting with US Vice President Mike Pence February 27, 2017 in Washington, DC. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
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Dobbs went on to call social media response to Conway's couch maneuver "venom of the left" and "deplorable" hypocrisy, offering an image of former president Barack Obama with his foot on the Oval Office desk as an equivalent gesture.

Dobbs decried the "deplorable" hypocrisy and "venom of the left" in the criticism of Conway given the light treatment Dobbs felt President Obama got for putting his feet on the famous Resolute Desk.

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"It is venomous," Conway responded. "It is vicious. It bothers my children to be frank with you. I'm not a victim at all, but people should take very seriously the import of their words."

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Never, in the face of white military leaders would Kellyanne Conway be on the couch, shoes off, on her knees. Peri… https://t.co/3BdX0hSZV0
Everyone please stop complaining about this pic. @KellyannePolls is not kneeling, she's alternative standing. https://t.co/pbrwnb4sOW
*gasp* Oh no! Kellyanne Conway had her knees on the couch at the Oval Office! This is far worse than the millions starving in Africa!
I despise Kellyanne Conway but how she was on a couch for a second is definitively not why.
@KellyannePolls checks her phone while kneeling on a couch in the Oval Office,,#KellyanneConway Would u let your d… https://t.co/LrCOnZm5PG
If Kellyanne Conway's feet on a couch is the worst thing that happens to you, might I suggest helping at a food bank to see real life probs.
Kellyanne Conway is sitting weirdly on an Oval Office couch to distract you from the Bowling Green Massacre
It'll be hard to have a conversation more stupid than this kerfuffle over Kellyanne Conway's feet on a couch, but I bet we'll manage it.
The fact that people are outraged about Kellyanne Conway sitting on a couch speaks volumes about the state of American politics
I will only be able to get mad at the way Kellyanne Conway sits on a couch if it turns out she's hiding of Trump's tax returns under her.
Seriously. Why is Kellyanne Conway sitting on her knees like that on the couch in the Oval Office. I'm uncomfortable.
Why is Kellyanne Conway kneeling on an Oval Office couch? https://t.co/TEGbDk8hUb
Kellyanne Conway kneels on Oval Office couch, sparks debate (from @AP) The press really knows what is important! https://t.co/ObPmDT00Al
@washingtonpost Why is this news!? As long as her shoes weren't on the couch, she's fine. WAIT..did I just defend #KellyanneConway!?! Yikes
@washingtonpost The least offensive thing Kellyanne Conway did in past year is sit on her knees on a couch in the Oval Office.
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