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Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway brushed aside journalist Michael Wolff’s attempt to label her as the “Darkness” during a forum at the Newseum on Wednesday morning.

The event, titled “The President and the Press: The First Amendment in the First 100 Days,” brought together an assortment of journalists and Trump administration officials, including Conway and White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer.

Wolff brought up The Washington Post’s new tagline, “Democracy Dies in Darkness,” which started to appear on the newspaper’s masthead on February 22 and is a direct attack leveled at the Trump administration. He told Conway that when they say, “‘democracy dies in darkness,’ you’re the darkness.”

Conway shot back, “I’m not the darkness,” and asked Wolff, “Didn’t you see the skit ‘Walking on Sunshine?,’” disputing his interpretation of the tagline. She added, “It’s what I tell small children. Just because somebody says something doesn’t make it true.”

The tagline was the subject of ridicule last month when New York Times executive editor Dean Baquet said that it “sounds like the next Batman movie,’” and not something that belongs on the front page of a leading newspaper.

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