After Trump and Sean Spicer were caught lying this weekend, Kellyanne Conway tried to explain it all away by claiming they were just using “alternative facts.”
The day after Trump’s inauguration, the thing that was foremost on the new President’s mind wasn’t jobs or war or healthcare. No. The only thing Trump wanted to discuss on his first day in office was the media’s coverage of his inauguration crowd size.
According to Trump he had more people at his inauguration than any President ever. According to the facts Trump lied.
The picture on the left is from Obama’s inauguration from 2009. The one on the right is Trump’s.
It may seem like a stupid petty thing to lie about…and it really is…but, as we’ve seen for the past two years, Trump is insecure and completely obsessed with crowd sizes. So much so that he even sent his new Press Secretary, Sean Spicer, out to give his very first press briefing about it.
Spicer attacked the reporters in the room insisting that they lied in their reporting of the real size of the crowd. Never mind that there’s photographic evidence and facts that prove Trump and Spicer were lying.
“This was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration, period, both in person and around the globe.”
But even after team Trump was fact-checked, they still insisted they were right.
On Sunday morning Trump’s top adviser Kellyanne Conway went on NBC’s Meet the Press to defend the lies. And for once Chuck Todd didn’t let her off the hook.
Todd pressed Conway to answer the question of why Sean Spicer went before the press and blatantly lied. Conway finally answered,
“You’re saying it’s a falsehood. And Sean Spicer, our press secretary, gave alternative facts to that.”
I’d say that over the next four years it’s going to be very interesting to see just how many ways she and Trump’s other surrogates can relabel the word “LIE.”