Kellyanne Conway Coins New Term For Trump’s Blatant Lies To America: They Are ‘Alternative Facts’

Kellyanne Conway, counselor to President Donald Trump, said the White House press secretary gave “alternative facts” when he flat-out lied yesterday describing the inauguration crowd as “the largest ever” during his first appearance before the press this weekend.

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer delivered a five-minute statement Saturday in which he issued an angry tirade of falsehoods, declaring erroneously the number of people who used the D.C. metro on Friday, a claim which was easily disproven.

He also falsely cliamed that there was a change in security measures this year and that “this was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration, period, both in person and around the globe.”

“These attempts to lessen the enthusiasm of the inauguration are shameful and wrong,” Spicer erroneously declared Saturday.

“Why put him out there for the very first time, in front of that podium, to utter a provable falsehood?” Chuck Todd asked Kellyanne Conway on “Meet the Press”. “It’s a small thing, but the first time he confronts the public, it’s a falsehood?”

“Don’t be so overly dramatic about it, Chuck,” Conway responded. “You’re saying it’s a falsehood, and they’re giving — our press secretary, Sean Spicer, gave alternative facts to that. But the point really is –”

That’s when Todd cut in. “Wait a minute. Alternative facts!? Alternative facts!? Four of the five facts he uttered … were just not true. Alternative facts are not facts; they’re falsehoods.”

Conway also suggested that Todd’s line of questioning asking why Spicer delivered a demonstrably false statement could affect the White House’s treatment of the media.

“If we’re going to keep referring to the press secretary in those types of terms I think we’re going to have to rethink our relationship here,” she said.

The Washington Post notes:

What Conway is arguing today — is that there are so many shades of gray that clear facts just don’t really exist.

This, of course, is a hugely cynical worldview. But it’s about the only way the Trump team can fight back, given how questionable the new president’s purported facts have been throughout his time as a politician. Whether you like Trump or not, it’s demonstrably true that he says things that are easily proved false, over and over again. The question the media has regularly confronted is not whether Trump’s facts are correct, but whether to say he’s deliberately lying or not.

A memo is circulating on social media right now that claims to be from someone who worked in a past White House and tries to explain what the Trump team is doing.

It’s not clear where this memo came from, but no matter the provenance, it makes some good points. Trump himself has been using his own brand of the truth, which is often false, for months and months. And there was really no way that his administration wasn’t going to have to deal with that same tendency during his presidency.

On Saturday in Spicer’s statement and now Sunday in Conway’s interview, the two are attempting to set a precedent that says they don’t recognize the concept of facts as the media has come to define them; they have their own “alternative facts” and they’ll rely on those.

Here’s how Twitter is responding:

Merriam-Webster also threw some wicked at Conway: