Responding to a question from Meet The Press host Chuck Todd about why Trump asked his press secretary to "utter a falsehood" during his very first news conference, presidential advisor Kellyanne Conway created a phrase I expect we'll be hearing a lot of over the next four years.
Todd: "It undermines the credibility of the entire White House press office on day one."
Conway: "Don't be so overly dramatic about it, Chuck. You're saying it's a falsehood. Sean Spicer, our press secretary, gave alternative facts to that."
Todd: "Alternative facts are not facts. They're falsehoods."
Watch the exchange below. The full interview can be viewed here.
"Alternative facts are not facts. They are falsehoods," Chuck Todd tells Pres. Trump's counselor Kellyanne Conway this morning. WATCH: pic.twitter.com/Ao005dQ13r— Meet the Press (@MeetThePress) January 22, 2017
And the Twitterverse thoroughly enjoyed the new term:
I can still wear my highschool prom dress. #alternativefacts— MamaHawk (@Expresso65) January 22, 2017
Hillary Clinton is my president. #AlternativeFacts— MamaHawk (@Expresso65) January 22, 2017
Wow. @KellyannePolls introducing a new term on @MeetThePress today to excuse @seanspicer lies: "alternative facts."— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) January 22, 2017