It seems like there's a new name in town for false statements from the Trump administration. After White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer called Friday's inauguration crowd "the largest ever," Trump advisor Kellyanne Conway explained Spicer's words were "alternative facts." Conway appeared on NBC's Meet the Press on Sunday morning, and the "alternative facts" memes and jokes have circulated on social media since her segment.
Spicer's comments came on Saturday from the White House press briefing room. "Some members of the media were engaged in deliberately false reporting," he said. "This was the largest audience to ever witness the inauguration period both in person and around the globe." His statement, which was false, set off a round of memes all its own.
In reality, Spicer's and Conway's words are just some of the troubling signs that have come from the White House since Friday's inauguration. In addition to what they've said, several pages have reportedly been removed from the White House website, including a page on LGBTQ rights and a page on climate change. On Saturday, President Trump declared that he has a "running war with the media." Taken together, these instances send a worrisome message about what may lie ahead in Trump's presidency. However, if there's any comedic relief to be found, it's the public's joking response on social media.
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Something is very, very wrong here.
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Only Accept Alternative Facts
Next time I stand on the scale to check my weight, I will only accept #alternativefacts.— Cornelia (@PaladinCornelia) January 22, 2017
The good news is, whatever flaws you may think you have are now to be considered "alternative facts."
Going to call my next fantasy football team "Alternative Facts." Then all I'll have to do is say I won the championship and I'll get the $$.— Gabe Rodriguez (@rodriguezg) January 22, 2017
If only winning at fantasy football were this easy.
If pizza is a salad, then cupcakes are actually apples. Right?
Fake News Is So Yesterday
It's great to see how far we've come since the long ago days of fake news.
Dallas Cowboys and NY Giants both win Super Bowl. Cubs didn't win World Series. #alternativefacts— 502sports (@502sports) January 22, 2017
Those poor, poor Cubs fans.
My senior year of high school transcript says I had 63 absences. Wrong! I was simply present elsewhere. #alternativefacts— Richard Jeter (@MilesToGo13) January 22, 2017
Mood: Feeling very bad for teachers who may have to listen to this excuse.
Donald Trump won the popular vote #alternativefacts— Bougie Black Girl (@BougieBlackGurl) January 22, 2017
So that's how we got here. Now it makes sense.
I tried putting #alternativefacts on my tax forms and now I'm serving 15 to life 😐— Ohm Shukla😏 (@OhmShukla) January 22, 2017
Don't try this at home! If this doesn't demonstrate how absurd "alternative facts" are, then I don't know what does.
Jokes aside, perhaps the most troubling part of Conway's Meet the Press interview on Sunday was what she said when challenged by host Chuck Todd. "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 when Todd asked about Spicer's false comments. Conway's remarks give Trump's "war with the media" a whole new importance.