By: Kendall Shanks
The Trump Administration places extreme value on size–wall size, crowd size, hand size. When the “New York Times” tweeted photos of the barren streets of Washington D.C. during the inauguration, the Trump administration quickly reassured the American people that Trump’s inauguration was larger than Obama’s.
“It’s not the size of the crowd that matters,” a Trump supporter said with a smirk. “It’s the feeling it gives you.”
Press Secretary Sean Spicer addressed the inaugural crowd turnout in his first press conference, explaining that there was no official attendance number. Spicer then went on to explain that despite not having a head count, President Trump had the most bigly number of viewers, greater than any previous inauguration.
“This was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration–period– both in person and around the globe.” -Sean Spicer
When fact checkers reviewed Spicer’s press conference, Kellyanne Conway, counselor to the President, was quick to defend the Press Secretary’s statement. In an interview with NBC’s Chuck Todd, Conway was repeatedly asked to explain Spicer’s statement. Conway ignored Todd’s claim that Spicer lied. Instead, Conway stated that Spicer simply had “alternative facts.”
These alternative facts were not the first shared by the new President’s administration. Conway made headlines in November for correcting George Gigicos, head of the Trump advancement team, for calling Trump’s post-election tour a victory tour. Conway insisted it was called the “Thank America Tour.” This victory tour was a thank you tour. To red states. That voted for Trump. The Administration refused to thank the other two-fifths of the country, choosing instead to build a wall on their borders.
Senate hearings for Trump’s Cabinet appointments also produced alternative facts. Secretary of Education pick Betsy DeVos’ comments describing the public education system as a “dead end” raised questions regarding her qualification for the position. After conceding that she had never attended public school and that her children were enrolled at a private institution, former senator Joe Lieberman (D-CT) said that despite being an outsider, she was fully qualified.
“I know some people are questioning her qualifications to be Secretary of Education,” Lieberman told reporters. “Too many of those questions seem to be based on the fact that she does not come from within the education establishment. But, honestly, I believe that this is one of the most important qualifications you can have for the job.”
Lieberman also used this logic to defend President Trump, explaining that because Trump is undeniably unqualified, that in itself makes him qualified.
In an era of crooked media and rigged elections, the Trump Administration’s alternative facts will ensure the American people hear the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, so help them God. Please help them, God.