In case you're not up to date on the latest antics of President Donald Trump's administration, Kellyanne Conway, counselor to the president, uttered a new phrase on national television that shook the internet.
Conway was appearing on NBC's "Meet the Press" with host Chuck Todd on Jan. 22. Todd brought up the blatant lie recently told by White House press secretary Sean Spicer regarding the size of inauguration crowds. (For the record, Spicer told reporters it was the "largest audience to ever witness an inauguration," which is verifiably false.)
Conway responded with, "You're saying it's a falsehood. Sean Spicer, our press secretary, gave alternative facts to that."
The hashtag #AlternativeFacts quickly took Twitter by storm.
My 8 year old asked me about #alternativefacts . " But a fact is a fact" he said . "Yes". "That means anything else is not true" "Yes."— Minnie Driver (@driverminnie) January 23, 2017
All of the Jedi inexplicably decided to jump into friendly Stormtrooper fire or onto Darth Vader's lightsaber. #Alternativefacts— Death Star PR (@DeathStarPR) January 23, 2017
We are straight #alternativefacts— Gay Women (@GayWomenChannel) January 23, 2017
Fox's 2015 version of FANTASTIC FOUR won 14 Oscars including "Best Picture Ever" #AlternativeFacts— John Campea (@johncampea) January 23, 2017
If you fail a test, just explain to the teacher that you used #alternativefacts . Apparently, that's just as acceptable as actual facts. ??— Kayla Salgado (@kaylasalgado7) January 23, 2017
The best tweet of all, though, came from good 'ole Merriam-Webster. The dictionary website clapped back with none other than the definition of fact.
??A fact is a piece of information presented as having objective reality. https://t.co/gCKRZZm23c— Merriam-Webster (@MerriamWebster) January 22, 2017
Naturally, the Twitterverse was in complete awe.
@MerriamWebster can we get a ruling on what alternative facts means?— Alex Kantrowitz (@Kantrowitz) January 22, 2017
@MerriamWebster thank you for doing your part— josh (@HoopPlusTheHarm) January 22, 2017
On behalf of all of cyberspace, we are so grateful for you, Merriam-Webster.
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