#AlternativeFacts: Kellyanne Conway’s Orwellian term gets the Twitter mockery it deserves

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.”

Sure enough, #AlternativeFacts became a thing on Twitter, and the rest was history:






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Before launching DeadState back in 2012, Sky Palma has been blogging about politics, social issues and religion for over a decade. He lives in Los Angeles and also enjoys Brazilian jiu jitsu, chess, music and art.

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