Alternative Facts …

In the beginning … way back on January 20, 2017 … we were first introduced to a concept that would be the foundation for the Trump presidency:  Alternative Facts.  It first came about because the crowd at the inauguration was significantly smaller than that at Barack Obama’s first inauguration, eight years earlier.  Then-press secretary Sean Spicer, however, on orders from Trump, claimed that the crowd was the largest ever seen at any presidential inauguration.  The following Sunday on Meet the Press, Chuck Todd asked Kellyanne Conway why Spicer made that claim, saying, “It undermines the credibility of the entire White House press office on day one.”  Kellyanne’s response was …todd-conway.png

“Don’t be so overly dramatic about it, Chuck. You’re saying it’s a falsehood and they’re giving — Sean Spicer, our press secretary, gave alternative facts to that.”

Todd shot back …

“Alternative facts? Look, alternative facts are not facts, they’re falsehoods. What was the motive to have this ridiculous litigation of crowd size?”

And Kellyanne took offense …

“Your job is not to call things ridiculous that are said by our press secretary and our president. That’s not your job. Chuck, I mean, if we’re going to keep referring to our press secretary in those types of terms, I think that we’re going to have to rethink our relationship here.”

And thus began the Era of Alternative Facts.  Not a single day has gone by since that we have not been subjected to alternative facts, aka lies, from the administration, usually from Trump himself.  But this past week has been the crowning gem of alternative facts.  Let us look at a couple.

alt-facts-4Just yesterday, Trump was speaking to the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Kansas City, Missouri, and made this utterly ludicrous statement:

“Just remember, what you are seeing and what you are reading is not what’s happening.”

Say what???alt-facts-2

“The party told you to reject the evidence of your eyes and ears. It was their final, most essential command. And if all others accepted the lie, which the party imposed, if all records told the same tale, then the lie passed into history and became the truth.”  – George Orwell, 1984

Ever since his disastrous, from my point of view, summit in Helsinki just over a week ago, Trump has had a great deal of trouble deciding whether he believes that Putin interfered in our 2016 election, and whether Putin is primed to interfere in our mid-terms this November.  He has changed his tune so many times that my head was spinning like the little girl on The Exorcist, so I finally just stopped even paying attention.  Bottom line is he knows damn good and well that Putin did everything he could to ensure that Hillary Clinton would not win in 2016.  It wasn’t that he liked Trump better, but he was afraid of Hillary, and he figured he could manipulate Trump.  But yesterday, Trump topped even his own record for ignorance.

“I’m very concerned that Russia will be fighting very hard to have an impact on the upcoming Election. Based on the fact that no President has been tougher on Russia than me, they will be pushing very hard for the Democrats. They definitely don’t want Trump!”

Tough on Russia?  When???  He’s on a short leash held by Russian President Vladimir Putin, has refused to speak a single critical word against Putin, and he’s tough???bullshitIf anybody believes a single word of that, I’ve got this lovely bridge in Brooklyn that I’ll sell cheap.  Just last week he told a reporter he doesn’t think Russia is still targeting the US and publicly doubting Russian interference on multiple occasions.

alt-facts-3A few days ago, in my spam folder I found an email from Trump.  Well, actually it was from a computer program authorized to solicit funds on behalf of Trump.  I have unsubscribed to this blasphemy so many times that I finally gave up.  Anyway, he talked about his favourite topic these days, the “witch hunt” and reminded me what a great job he is doing, then, right before asking for a campaign donation, he referred to himself as my “favourite president”.  After I returned from the bathroom being sick, I deleted the email.  Another very alternative fact.

I could understand his use of smoke & mirrors, gaslighting, lies, lies and more lies … er, excuse me – alternative facts – at this point, for he is deeply entangled in a web of lies & secrecy that Robert Mueller is close to exposing, and Trump is running scared.  Hence his threat to “shut down” the investigation. But … he started out lying on day #1!!!  Congressional leaders Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell make really sorry excuses for him, as if he were naught but a recalcitrant child.  But he is not a child … he is a 72-year-old man who by hook and by crook managed to land the highest office in the nation.

We laugh and joke about the term ‘alternative facts’, but the reality is that these lies are no joking matter, for they carry very real consequences for our country.  Why?  Because some 40% of the people in the nation believe them.  Trump could not care less what the rest of us think, so long as he can convince his base that we are the enemy.  But Trump tells his base, “Do not get your news from CNN, the New York Times, or The Washington Post.  Do not listen to the liberals, for they are only out to get us.  Believe only what I tell you to believe.”  And that is what they do.  Therein lies the danger.

trump-pinocchioTrump is a buffoon, an ignorant, under-educated fool.  But he holds the power and if there is one thing he seems to have a knack for, it is keeping his base hypnotized and believing that he is the answer to whatever problems they perceive.  Or rather, whatever problems he has told them they have.

There is no such thing as alternative facts.  Facts are irrefutable and not subject to interpretation.  Fact:  Trump’s inauguration crowd couldn’t hold a candle to Obama’s.  Fact:  Vladimir Putin admitted that he wanted Trump to win in 2016.  Fact:  Trump refused to hold Putin accountable for the election interference when the two met in Helsinki.  Fact:  Many from Trump’s campaign have already either pled guilty or been indicted for their dealings with Russia during the campaign.  Fact:  Trump has damaged our relationship with our allies.  Fact:  Trump’s tariffs will hurt U.S. citizens far more than they will help bring new jobs.  Fact:  Trump has chipped away at ACA to the point that we will all see a rise in health care costs, and millions will be unable to afford healthcare at all.  I have many more facts, but I shall stop here, for you get the picture, right?

The 40% who still love him because he tells them to are in for a very rude awakening. As I told a friend last night, I would like to say they will be getting what they deserve, but for the fact that the rest of us will suffer as well. This, even though we have spent the past year-and-a-half fighting tooth and nail, while the 40% sat in front of their television watching Fox News and scarfing down Lays potato chips and ice cream.  Bah humbug.

40 thoughts on “Alternative Facts …

  1. Peek-a-boo… it’s me again. I’ve been lurking. So I say, take it easy on the chips and ice cream there, they’re just innocent by-standers and totally unaware they’re about to be devoured. Kind of like Trump’s support crowd, come to think of it…

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    • Ahhh … I wondered where you were! Good to see you! No chips or ice cream for me … well, occasionally, but rarely, since I am severely diabetic. Trump’s support crowd will likely outlive us all, for they aren’t the ones with hypertension and ulcers from all the stress he has caused us! 😉

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  2. Tony Schwartz, the co-writer or writer, of Trump’s The Art of the Deal has said : “Trump has the ability to convince himself that whatever he is saying at any given moment is true, or sort of true, or at least ought to be true.” Trump has little use for actual truth or facts. He surrounds himself with subservient people, like Ms. Conway, that will repeat his fictional alternative facts. Strangely enough, I am presently rereading George Orwell’s 1984. This was written in 1949 and I read it in 1965, while in high school. Perhaps is was the self involvement of youth, but I do not remember thinking…this could happen. Fast forward to 2018…and it may well be happening! Thank-you for always providing the facts!

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    • Ellen, excellent comment. Many years before Trump ran for President, Schwartz said he was teased with the nickname Dr. Frankenstein by his publisher as he created Frankenstein by writing this book. It should be added Trump’s five biographers concur with Schwartz saying Trump has hard time with the truth. Keith

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    • Amazing talent, to be able to convince oneself that one is always right. That green is blue and up is down. Like you, I read 1984 in high school, and again in college, but neither time did I ever think, “wow, this could really happen”. It was fiction, unthinkable. Boy was I wrong.

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  3. Jill, it is entirely possible for an enterprising person to put together a series of quotes and tweets and have the US President argue with himself. When the facts don’t matter, his position waffles frequently. I mentioned in an earlier comment it would be like Trump playing tennis on both sides of the net – with each grunt per stroke he would gasp put a position only to say the opposite on the other side of the court.

    Russian meddling is one such issue where he has had the opposite stance on multiple occasions, even the past week. In the UK, he said he was misquoted in a taped interview that ridiculed his host. The paper stuck by the story.

    I am tired of many things with this President, but his saying he did not say something when he is recorded having said that very thing, provides a record of his lying. He reminds me of when Bashar al Assad said we don’t have tanks in Homes, when the footage being aired with his comments show Syrian tanks rolling through Homes. That is Trump, as well.

    And, here is a news flash that is not fake news. Trump is on record as lying more than he does not. In fact, it is a 69% measured rate of lying. All politicians lie. But, Trump has lapped the field and no one, except a dictator, lies as much as he does.

    Keith

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    • You’re right … I can picture such a collage of tweets ‘n quotes in my mind. And I thought the tennis match analogy was perfect. Isn’t it a sad state of affairs when the person occupying the office that should be deserving of the utmost respect, is the the deserving recipient of scorn and mockery? And you know what’s really funny … the very people who treated Obama with scorn are incensed that we mock Trump. Sigh.

      Like you, I am tired of this presidency … period. But the thing you mention, him claiming he never said what the whole world saw him say … it is a slap in the face to us. It indicates that he thinks we are so damn stupid that we cannot even put two plus two together and remember what he said, when it is right in front of our eyes. And apparently there are at least some among his base that are just that stupid, but I highly resent him making the assumption that we all are!

      Never in my wildest dreams … or rather nightmares …

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      • Jill, a GOP friend made the same comment to me when I used the phrase “cold hearted” referencing Trump’s immigration policy. In response I said that term came from a conservative columnist named David Brooks and said George Will has written two columns telling people to vote Democrat. I said people have every right to question this President’s bullying, lying and demeaning behavior. Keith

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  4. He’s so busy “counteracting” the “Fake News” through his incessant tweets, I truly wonder how much time he spends actually serving as POTUS. And when you consider the time he spends on the golf course … 😠

    We deserve more!

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  5. I wonder if he’s put something in the drinking water to hypnotise the masses in the South. Surely no-one could fool that many people otherwise.These fools are inflicting him on so many more people who don’t deserve him or the possible disasters that may come at his hands.
    Cwtch

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    • I’ve asked that very question before! ‘Tis why I only drink bottled spring water and even make my coffee with it. I’m not risking tap water! You’re right — while I blame Trump, and I blame Congress for the mess we are in, most of all I blame the blind-faith followers who give him legitimacy. If his approval rating dropped to the 20% range, Congress would stop licking his boots and finally do their jobs. But as long as he’s got 35-40% of the nation cheering him on, change is unlikely. Sigh.
      Cwtch

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  6. Please stop trying to sell the Brooklyn Bridge. There are often real people on it. If, when you sell it, there are people on it, to they go with the bridge, or do they just fall into the water? Better to sell Death Valley, or the Gobi Desert, even though the G.D. is not yours to sell. At least people in those places will go with the landscape, presumably love to live there.

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    • If you’ve read “The Fall of Hyperion” (book two of the Hyperion/Endymion series) by Dan Simmons, those on the bridge go with the bridge… Chapter 43, when Meina Gladstone decides, on the basis of a dream, to terminate the farcaster in the hope of stopping the Core thus saving humankind from being absorbed by the parasitic AI. A fantastic series, great read, and also much “information” for those who like to push out to have a look into another possible future…

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    • No no no … don’t worry, my friend! I’ve sold it many times before, and nobody just tears it down, so the people on it are perfectly safe! And no, in the sales agreement it plainly states that the buyer is entitled to the bridge structure only, and not any people or personal property that may be on the bridge at the time of sale. I tried to sell Death Valley once, but nobody wanted it. Understandably. And I am an honest person, therefore I would never try to sell something that didn’t belong to me, such as the Gobi Desert! Shame on you for questioning my integrity!!! 😀

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  7. I remember a while back you promoted compromising with trump supporters in an effort to reach common ground. Jill, I’m sorry to tell you that there is no common ground. We are in a civil war. it’s a fight to save the America which you and I love.

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