Trump-speak took a turn towards the world of 1984 this week as Kellyanne Conway coined the phrase "Alternative Facts" - otherwise known as "Lies." This happened after a press conference by Trump's spokesperson, Sean Spicer, in which he stated that in spite of factual pictures to the contrary, "This was the largest audience ever to witness an inauguration, period, both in person and around the globe.”
From CNN Politics:
In an interview on NBC's "Meet the Press," host Chuck Todd pressed Trump senior adviser Kellyanne Conway about why the White House on Saturday had sent Spicer to the briefing podium for the first time to claim that "this was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration, period."
"You're saying it's a falsehood. And they're giving -- Sean Spicer, our press secretary -- gave alternative facts," she said.Trump himself directed Spicer to go to the White House briefing room to talk about the inauguration crowd size, Conway told CNN's Athena Jones on Sunday.
Todd responded: "Alternative facts aren't facts, they are falsehoods."
Conway then tried to pivot to policy points. But later in the interview, Todd pressed Conway again on why the White House sent Spicer out to make false claims about crowd size, asking: "What was the motive to have this ridiculous litigation of crowd size?"
"Your job is not to call things ridiculous that are said by our press secretary and our president. That's not your job," Conway said.
Todd followed up: "Can you please answer the question? Why did he do this? You have not answered it -- it's only one question."
Conway said: "I'll answer it this way: Think about what you just said to your viewers. That's why we feel compelled to go out and clear the air and put alternative facts out there."
Trolled by Merriam-Webster's Dictionary
📈A fact is a piece of information presented as having objective reality. https://t.co/gCKRZZm23c— Merriam-Webster (@MerriamWebster) January 22, 2017
"Trump pressured Park Service to find proof for his claims about inauguration crowd" https://t.co/YeTKegt1eQ pic.twitter.com/MK39I0dVmq— Parker Molloy (@ParkerMolloy) January 27, 2017
In Trump's first week in office, Amazon sells out of the book "1984" & John Hurt, star if the film "1984," passes away.#ThisIsNotNormal— Eric Wolfson (@EricWolfson) January 28, 2017