Over the past few days, we’ve been hearing a lot in the news about “alternative facts.” I’ve got some bad news – they’re not a thing. Whether you’re a liberal or a conservative, whether you voted for Clinton, Trump, Stein, or Johnson, we’re all bound by the same reality. Anything presented as truth that is contrary to the very things we can all objectively see or experience is the opposite of a fact. It’s a lie. We’ve also been hearing that certain people in power are presenting these alternative facts alongside what I assume are the “primary facts.” It’s as though we’re given a second option if we don’t like the first. It doesn’t work like that.
I’ve never been one quick to scream “propaganda” at the top of my lungs. However, when the president’s new press secretary, Sean Spicer, approached the podium in a wrinkled suit and began his tirade, how could I think anything else? All reputable news agencies of all political persuasion on all possible mediums of transmission reported a story. The press secretary flat out told us the opposite. He lied to us. Or, did he present us with “alternative facts.” We knew he was lying. He knew that we knew and didn’t care. And what was he lying about on the first weekend of the new administration? The size of the crowd at the inauguration. Why would someone need to lie about something so small and petty? Is it a measure of the person’s self-esteem who we’ve just elected to office? Perhaps so. Is it a way to make the administration seem more popular than it is? Perhaps so. Or is it simply to see how big of a lie they can tell and get away with? I think it’s all three.
That’s what’s so infuriating about Trump. He seems so insecure. The crowds at his inauguration weren’t big enough so he lied about it. The size of his rallies weren’t big enough, so he lied about it. The size of his fortune isn’t as likely as big as he says, so he lies about it. It always seems as though something isn’t big enough for Trump so he lies about it. And he makes sure he lets us know just how big he is.
Don’t be fooled. When the administration is telling us things contrary to what you’re hearing in the news, research it. Don’t believe a meme you see on Facebook. Check several news sources. Get a consensus on what is really is happening. And, don’t be surprised if you see that the “alternative facts” are nothing more than a lie from a very small man.