“Alternative facts” is a new phrase that was invented by Kellyanne Conway not to say White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer used lies, fibs, or falsehoods to defend President Donald Trump. Sunday morning, Mrs. Conway appeared on “Meet the Press” to do what she is paid millions to do – put lipstick on a pig. Conway’s job for the past year has been to spin every nonsensical word uttered by Trump or members of his team.
Today, NBC’s host Chuck Todd wasted no time in asking the counselor to the president, why on earth did Spicer hold that out of this world press conference where he lied about the size of Donald Trump’s inaugural crowd? Spicer, who read from a piece of paper and took no questions, also slammed the media for putting out the fact that fewer people attended Trump’s inauguration than Barack Obama’s inaugurations.
Todd asked Conway what the point behind Spicer’s sham was? Todd quizzed the campaign manager and strategist: “Why did he do that? It undermines the credibility of the entire White House press office on day one.”
The “Meet the Press” anchor went on to say that the new White House Press Secretary had the whole world watching him, so why did he create such a mess for the administration? Feeling trapped by the question, Conway blurred out the term alternative facts to Todd. The pollster said: “Don’t be so overly dramatic about it, Chuck. You’re saying it’s a falsehood. And Sean Spicer, our press secretary, gave alternative facts to that.”
Todd appeared baffled by the response and scolded Conway by giving her the definition alternative facts. He said: “Wait a minute? Alternative facts? … Four of the five facts he uttered were just not true. Alternative facts are just not facts. They are falsehoods.”
Kellyanne Conway has the hashtag #alternativefacts trending worldwide, and folks have a kick out of it. All the facts and pictures point to a smaller number of people attending Trump’s event. Data from Metro showed that the ridership on Trump’s inauguration day was 571,000, whereas in 2013 for Obama’s second term it was 782,000 and for his first inauguration in 2009 it was 1.1 million.
A great philosopher by the name of Jay Z once said women lie; men lie, but numbers do not lie.