— Kellyanne Conway (@KellyannePolls) January 23, 2017
That’s what Kellyanne Conway tweeted Monday morning, but that’s not what Sean Spicer said Friday, Saturday or Sunday. With regard to the number of people who watched Trump’s inauguration, Sean Spicer angrily told the press:
‘This was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration, period.’
Aside from his enraged, unprofessional and condescending tone, the problem with what Spicer said is that he was wrong. He knew he was wrong. He chose to lie.
Aerial photos, Nielsen, DC Metro Transit numbers and other verifiable and credible data show that Trump’s inauguration attendance wasn’t the most highly attended and the television viewership wasn’t the largest, either. Sean Spicer lied.
Merriam-Webster defines “lie” as:’
‘To make an untrue statement with the intent to deceive.’
Spicer lied with the intention of casting Trump in a favorable and well-thought of light. When Sean Spicer makes an untrue statement with the intent to deceive, Kellyanne Conway defends him by saying:
‘Sean Spicer, our press secretary, gave alternative facts.’
To that end, Meet the Press’ Chuck Todd, halted Conway:
“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
Although extremely important, the contradiction of information given by Conway and Spicer is not the paramount issue here. The most important thing for the American people to keep in mind with regard to the variances in the two staffers’ stories is that Conway “ushered in the era of [lies] alternative facts” from the Trump administration.
Conway has in essence set the tone for Trump and his cabinet to hoodwink the American people in any way they choose, then smooth things over under the guise of the term “alternative facts.” Never before has any administration been bold enough to lie, get caught in that lie, and call that lie something other than a lie – and seemingly get away with it.
Watch Sean Spicer tell [lies] “alternative facts” below:
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