In an interview with NBC’s Meet the Press Sunday morning, Trump’s senior advisor Kellyanne Conway was questioned about why the White House claimed “this was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration, period.” Her response? They “gave alternative facts.”
But just like a white woman can’t become a Black woman (here’s lookin’ at you Rachel Dolezal), words don’t magically become facts just because you say the word “facts.” Let’s call it like it is: “Alternative facts” are just straight up lies.
Here’s a quick run-down of just a couple “alternative facts” (untruths) since Trump’s swearing in three days ago:
- “Writing my inaugural address at the Winter White House, Mar-a-Lago, three weeks ago. Looking forward to Friday.
#Inauguration” – Trump (REALITY: Trump did not write his speech. Racist, white supremacist Steve Bannon wrote it, along with Stephen Miller, who is also connected to white supremacist organizations like Breitbart.)
- “It showed an empty field and it said we drew 250,000 people … but it’s a lie … So, we caught [the media]. And we caught them in a beauty and I think they’re going to pay a big price.” – Trump (REALITY: The media actually caught him because facts — with, you know, real proof of real facts. Obama’s first inauguration pulled in a crowd of 1.8 million; his second inauguration, 1 million. Trump’s ceremony had a crowd somewhere between 250,000 and 600,000.)
And as ya’ll know, spouting falsehoods is nothing new for Trump and them.
We’re only three days in and you’re probably already so completely over all of Trump’s fabrications, but now is not the time to be weary. He and his crew hope that you will get weary — so weary that you will abandon the fight. Don’t let that ever happen. And the next time Trump, Kellyanne or any of his other talking heads tries to come through with the fiction like “Who gon’ check me, boo?” Let ’em know real good: WE ARE.
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