On the very first day of Donald Trump’s presidency, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer opened his time with a lie. Yet the president’s “spokescobra” still defended him.
Spicer, on Saturday, delivered a five-minute statement riddled with multiple falsehoods, including one in which he stated, “this was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration, period, both in person and around the globe.”
"These attempts to lessen the enthusiasm of the inauguration are shameful and wrong," he continued.
However, experts estimated Trump’s audience to be less than 200,000 and shared side-by-side photos highlighting the contrast between Trump’s inauguration and Barack Obama’s record breaking 2009 crowd.
NBC News host Chuck Todd spoke to Kellyanne Conway on “Meet The Press” and asked her why Donald Trump felt the need to send out his press secretary and tell a petty lie about this trivial fact. In reply, Conway claimed Spicer did not utter “falsehoods” but was actually giving “alternative facts.”
“You're saying it's a falsehood. And they're giving — Sean Spicer, our press secretary — gave alternative facts,” she said.
Todd responded by calling the lie “ridiculous” and stating, “Alternative facts aren't facts, they are falsehoods.”
"Your job is not to call things ridiculous that are said by our press secretary and our president. That's not your job," Conway replied. “I don't think you can prove those numbers one way or another. There's no way to quantify crowd numbers.”
Soon after the interview, social media predictably slammed Conway by coming up with their own “alternative facts.”
Lost in the @KellyanneConway "alternative facts" hubbub - she said numbers are impossible to quantify. Numbers. Numbers. Unquantifiable.— Alexandra Erin (@alexandraerin) January 22, 2017
Someone convinced me to give Trump 100 days. I took a breath and agreed to try. Day 1, #alternativefacts, and I am done. Game on.— Jimmy Wales (@jimmy_wales) January 22, 2017
White people invented rap. #AlternativeFacts— Hari Kondabolu (@harikondabolu) January 22, 2017
#alternative facts I wish I had met and married Kellyanne Conway before some other lucky dude stole her heart.— Chris D. Lewis (@ChrisLewisLLS) January 22, 2017
Icebergs are disappearing because polar bears are eating them #alternativefacts— David Belz (@dmdb44) January 23, 2017
And since it’s not yet apparent whether Conway understood what “facts” mean, Merriam-Webster dictionary laid it out to her in plain English:
??A fact is a piece of information presented as having objective reality. https://t.co/gCKRZZm23c— Merriam-Webster (@MerriamWebster) January 22, 2017
When the dictionary is trolling you, you know you messed up bigly.
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