You can always rely on the internet to serve up the jokes. The latest trend? "Alternative facts" memes inspired by Sean Spicer, Trump's press secretary. Following Spicer's Saturday press conference, in which he (wrongly) asserted that the crowds at President Trump's inauguration were "the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration, period," Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway appeared on NBC's Meet the Press and characterized Spicer's improbable claims as "alternative facts." As the 15 examples below will prove, the memes spread on social media responding to this quote through the hashtags #SeanSpicerSays, #SeanSpicerFacts, #SpicerFacts, and #AlternativeFacts are hilarious.
During a speech at the CIA on Saturday, President Trump explained that, from his vantage point, his inauguration crowd looked like "a million, million and a half people." He also criticized an unspecified television network for estimating the turnout to be roughly 250,000 people, a figure he felt was too low and "a lie."
According to the Washington-area transit authority, 570,557 people used the D.C. Metro system on Friday, roughly half of the 1.1 million people who did the same during President Obama's 2008 inauguration. Aerial photos of the fields in front of the Capitol showed notably smaller crowds for Trump's ceremony than those from both 2008 and 2012.
Given multiple pieces of concrete evidence proving Spicer's statement false, the internet thought it was only fair to play with some other inconvenient realities.
1. It's NATURAL
So quit saying he tans too much.
2. Just Think Of It This Way
It makes sense.
3. For The Record
"And I want it reported in all the headlines that the President's hands are the biggest Presidential hands EVER, PERIOD."#seanspicerfacts— Rus McLaughlin (@rusmclaughlin) January 22, 2017
And tell everyone you know.
4. Let's Just Pretend That Never Happened
The press conference Spicer gave on Saturday was just a chat between friends.
5. Inauguration Star Power
Get your eyes checked if you didn't realize this.
6. Step Your Math Game Up
Trump: "37% of Americans approve of me. Round that up to 40, add 10, round again to 100 & everyone loves me, b/c math!"#AlternativeFacts— Craig Rozniecki (@CraigRozniecki) January 23, 2017
Trump's method of making calculations is just ahead of its time.
7. That Movie Lied
8. A Trailblazer
Really proves how humble Trump was to keep these accomplishments secret during the election.
9. Melania Always Knows What To Say
Truly the most quotable first lady.
10. These Slogans Are Everything
War is peace— Dr. Craig Considine (@CraigCons) January 22, 2017
Freedom is slavery
Ignorance is strength
- George Orwell, 1984 #alternativefacts
Just change your perspective a bit, and they'll make complete sense.
11. Because, Why Not?
Your calendar is wrong, my calendar is right. Period.
12. You Thought They Didn't Exist?
Dishonest media failing to report accurately yet again.
13. Pics Or It Didn't Happen?
Here's the photo you wanted.
14. It Was Part Of The Plan!
We actually told all Inauguration attendees our preference was that they arrive on Saturday, wear pink and march. #SpicerFacts— Adam Parkhomenko (@AdamParkhomenko) January 22, 2017
Trump ASKED those crowds to go.
15. I'm Believing This For The Next Four Years
Hillary is president right now. I choose to believe this. #alternativefacts— Full Frontal (@FullFrontalSamB) January 22, 2017
And you can't prove me wrong.