Trump's Alternative Facts
Spoiler alert. They're lies. Creation Date Sunday, 22 January 2017. Hits 1219
I swear to you, I decided to start this new category yesterday. It's called "Trump Tracker", and it was my intent to track the lies of Donald Trump here to the best of my ability with the limited time I have. Right on cue, here comes Kellyanne Conway entering a new phrase into our Lexicon. "Alternative facts" as she put it, and Chuck Todd's reply could not possibly have been any better. "Alternative facts aren't facts, they are falsehoods." Well said. There is a phenomenon with Trump and a percentage of his supporters, where they seem to believe that they could wish things to be true and make it so. However, facts are stubborn things, and any alternative to a fact is by definition not factual.
Now, on to the Trump lie that brought us here. He was speaking to the CIA yesterday when he said the following.
“I have a running war with the media. They are among the most dishonest human beings on earth, and they sort of made it sound like I had a feud with the intelligence community. The reason you’re the No. 1 stop is, it is exactly the opposite. I love you, I respect you, there’s nobody I respect more.”
So, I would like to enter into the evidence the following tweet from @realDonaldTrump.
Intelligence agencies should never have allowed this fake news to "leak" into the public. One last shot at me.Are we living in Nazi Germany?
That isn't baited by the media. It isn't taken out of context, misconstrued, misrepresented, or misdefined by the media. There is no ambiguity to the quote. He accused the intelligence agencies of taking a shot at him, and compared them to Nazi's. And that's not the only time he did it. There was also this.
"I think it was disgraceful, disgraceful that the intelligence agencies allowed any information that turned out to be so false and fake out. I think it's a disgrace, and I say that ... that's something that Nazi Germany would have done and did do,"
I went with the former first because it was a media free zone. He posted it of his own free will directly on twitter. The second example was spoken at a press conference, and while his wife might say he was egged on there, the tweet shows us his willingness and desire to express that sentiment without anyone antagonizing him or leading him with a question.
Thus, the first "Alternative Fact" to make the Trump tracker is the following statement from President Trump.
they sort of made it sound like I had a feud with the intelligence community.
No, sir. They didn't have a way to make it sound, that's just the way it is. You made it sound that way when you compared them to Nazi Germany.