Sean Spicer Lies Prompt Hashtag #alternativefacts
Sean Spicer Lies Prompt
Newly appointed White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer promised the media that he would always tell them the truth. Too bad it took him less than 24 hours to break that promise.
After the news media and even the Department of the Interior took to social media with photographic proof of just how pathetic attendance was at the Trump Inauguration on Friday, apparently the thin-skinned big boss caught wind of it and threw a temper-tantrum inside The White House. That’s when he sent Press Secretary Sean Spicer in front of the world to deliver the Trump version of the truth.
In his embarrassing debut as White House press secretary on Saturday, Sean Spicer accused the media of reporting inaccurate crowd numbers and using misrepresentative photographs “to minimize the enormous support” that he claimed Trump enjoyed at his swearing-in.
“No one had numbers because the National Park Service, which controls the National Mall, does not put any out,” Spicer said. “These attempts to lessen the enthusiasm for the inauguration are shameful and wrong.” He then added the pièce de résistance that Trump had attracted “the largest audience ever to witness an inauguration. PERIOD!”
Granted, Donald Trump is known for living in his own alternate universe and playing loose with the truth, but this was a total embarrassment from the voicebox of The White House — particularly since he had just promised to always tell the truth.
Well, cue the fun, because the media and the general public have since had a field day with “Donald Trump’s words” via Sean Spicer.
In an interview with newly appointed White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus on “Fox News Sunday,” anchor Chris Wallace confronted Priebus over the White House’s dubious claims about the size of the Trump inaugural crowd.
“President Trump said in his inaugural address that every decision he makes will be to benefit American families. How does arguing about crowd size do that?” Wallace asked.
“It really isn’t about crowd size. What it’s about is honesty in the media,” Priebus blared, suggesting that there is a media conspiracy to delegitimize Trump’s presidency.
“The media from day one has been talking about delegitimizing the election. Talking about the Russians, talking about everything you can imagine except the fact that we need to move this country forward.
However, Wallace refused to be deterred and continued to press Priebus, reminding him that Trump made 2 separate inaccurate claims about the size of the inaugural crowd during an appearance at CIA headquarters on Saturday. Wallace also posted side-by-side pictures of the Obama and Trump inaugurations.
“You talk about honesty. You say this is about honesty. But there’s another issue here though, Reince, and that is the president’s honesty. Two things he said yesterday were just flat wrong,” Wallace said.
“Take a look at those pictures,” Wallace continued, putting up the pictures of Mr. Obama’s 2009 inauguration and Trump’s on Friday. “Which one is bigger?”
“You’re also not saying that that picture was taken before he was even speaking,” Priebus replied.
“I was there, I was there ON the mall,” Wallace interjected.
“I was there too, Chris,” Priebus barked back.
Wallace dubbed the conversation “ridiculous,” but when Priebus insisted that crowds stretched from the congressional steps to the Washington Monument, Wallace urged his producers to “put up the picture again.”
Needless to say, Priebus was left with egg on his face — which brings us back to Sean Spicer, who was forced to reappear in front of the media on Monday to re-address his claims from Saturday.
Saying that he believes his job is to be honest with the public, Spicer added, “sometimes we can disagree with the facts but our intention is never to lie.”
“There are certain things that we may — we may not fully understand when we come out but our intention is never to lie to you,” he added.
Surprisingly, Sean Spicer awkwardly continued to defend his statement that “this was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration — period — both in person and around the globe,” even though those audience numbers have not been confirmed.
When asked by ABC News’ Jonathan Karl about whether or not Trump’s inauguration had a larger audience than that of President Ronald Reagan’s, Spicer said, “I’m pretty sure that Reagan didn’t have YouTube, Facebook or the internet.”
Spicer added that it has been “demoralizing” to see the “constant theme” of news coverage taking what he perceives as a negative tone against Trump both during the inauguration and during the campaign.
“Over and over again there’s this constant attempt to undermine his credibility and the movement that he represents. It’s frustrating for not just him but for so many of us trying to work to get this message out,” he said.
“I will tell you it’s not about crowd size. … There is this constant theme to undercut the enormous support that he has. It’s unbelievably frustrating when you are continually told it isn’t big enough, not good enough, you can’t win,” he continued.
Spicer also defended his decision not to take any questions after making his statement on Saturday.
“Look — I came out to read a statement. I did it. We’re here today. I’m going to stay as long as you want,” Spicer said.
The mistruth’s from Sean Spicer via his boss, Donald Trump, have since dubbed him the Minister of Propaganda. His words have also given birth to a fun new social media craze.
By Monday, people everywhere were creating their own versions of the truth, then posting them to their social media profiles with the hashtag #alternativefacts. People are claiming such alternate facts as being named starting quarterback in the 2017 Superbowl, to getting a dozen free tickets to the Broadway hit “Hamilton.”
Oh well, welcome to the world of Trump!