On Friday, January 20, President-elect Donald J. Trump was sworn into the oval office. The following day, President Trump issued tweets defending the size of his inauguration crowd. Press Secretary Sean Spicer followed up by claiming it was the largest inauguration crowd in US history, despite aerial photos and Washington’s mass transit ridership showing that Obama’s 2009 inauguration crowd was much larger.
Some concerned citizens have questioned whether more important issues such as healthcare, the budget, taxes, and global warming should have been addressed on Trump’s first full day as president. Trump responded saying, “These are all important issues, apart from global warming. That’s a hoax perpetrated by the Chinese. But a man has to be consistent, I’ve defended my size in the past, and I’ll be damned if I stop now.”
A day later Kellyanne Conway, counselor to President Trump, defended Sean Spicer’s claims in an NBC news interview with Chuck Todd by saying that he “gave alternative facts.” Chuck Todd responded “Alternative facts aren’t facts, they are falsehoods.”
Trump is reportedly shocked at Todd’s and the American people’s outrage at alternative facts. “I just don’t get why people are upset. I’m a consistent guy. I used alternative facts throughout my campaign. Did people expect me to stop using them as president?” said Trump in utter confusion. When shown side by side photos of Obama’s 2009 inauguration and his, Donald Trump ended the interview, claiming he had to cheer up his hands with some alternative facts.