As the media reels over White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer‘s disaster Saturday press conference, Donald Trump‘s infamous surrogate Kellyanne Conway appeared on Meet the Press this Sunday and attempted to do damage control.
Except Conway didn’t control any damage. Instead, she sparked the latest Trump-bashing Twitter hashtag with an astoundingly Orwellian term she coined during the interview.
During the interview, host Chuck Todd questioned Conway on Spicer’s assault on the press over their accurate reporting that Trump’s crowd sizes were smaller than the crowd at President Barack Obama’s 2008 inauguration.
“Don’t be so overly dramatic about it, Chuck,” Conway scoffed. “They’re saying it’s a falsehood and our press secretary, Sean Spicer, gave alternative facts to that.”
“Wait a minute,” Todd interrupted. “Alternative facts! Four of the five facts that he uttered were just not true. Alternative facts are not facts, they’re falsehoods.”
“You sent the press secretary out there to utter a falsehood on the smallest, pettiest thing,” Todd continued. “And I don’t understand why you did it.”
"Alternative facts are not facts. They are falsehoods," Chuck Todd tells Pres. Trump's counselor Kellyanne Conway this morning. WATCH: pic.twitter.com/Ao005dQ13r
— Meet the Press (@MeetThePress) January 22, 2017
Sure enough, #AlternativeFacts became a thing on Twitter, and the rest was history:
'Nobody has more respect for women than me, believe me.'
— Ashley Riggs (@Just1MoreAshley) January 23, 2017
Hillary is president right now. I choose to believe this. #alternativefacts
— Full Frontal (@FullFrontalSamB) January 22, 2017
— Our Revolution (@OurRevolution) January 22, 2017
— Kenneth Fernandez (@KenFernandezPHD) January 23, 2017
— Kevin Flood (@FLOOKLYN) January 22, 2017
— Joe Keene (@joekeene) January 22, 2017
War is peace
Freedom is slavery
Ignorance is strength
– George Orwell, 1984 #alternativefacts
— Dr. Craig Considine (@CraigCons) January 22, 2017
There were actually 700,000 arrests at the Women's March in L.A. yesterday. #AlternativeFacts
— Sky Palma (@DeadStateTweets) January 23, 2017
— John Iadarola (@johniadarola) January 22, 2017
— Hend Amry (@LibyaLiberty) January 22, 2017
Oh, that Nazi that got punched in the head? That wasn't a punch. That was an alternative hug. There. Fixed it. #AlternativeFacts
— Shannyn Moore (@shannynmoore) January 22, 2017
— Lance Bass (@LanceBass) January 22, 2017
officer I am not drunk, I am alternative sober, #alternativefacts
— kyle humble (@khumble14) January 22, 2017
I stuck an extension cord in my gas tank so now my car is electric. #AlternativeFacts
— Tommy Campbell (@MrTommyCampbell) January 22, 2017
— Randi Mayem Singer (@rmayemsinger) January 22, 2017
— Jordan Uhl (@JordanUhl) January 22, 2017
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