Over the weekend, all hell broke loose when President Donald Trump made a series of statements that were factually challenged. Speaking before the CIA, he stated that the media had created a fictitious rift between him and the intelligence community – a bizarre statement, given that in recent months he has accused the intelligence community of skewing intelligence regarding Russian hacking of the Democratic National Committee and of leaking against him. Just two weeks ago, Trump suggested that such leaks were reminiscent of “Nazi Germany.”
Then Trump bragged about the size of the crowd at his inauguration. That braggadocio was an attempt to quash stories about how he’d drawn fewer people than Barack Obama. Now, there was an easy way to answer that silly critique: first, crowd sizes don’t matter to the President of the United States; second, crowd sizes reflect the politics of the locale, and Washington D.C. is heavily Democratic. But instead, Trump deployed press secretary Sean Spicer to blast the press. Spicer rightly knocked the press for sending out tweets about the supposed removal of the Martin Luther King Jr. bust from the Oval Office (false) and contrasting two non-comparable photos of inauguration crowds.
Then he started fibbing wildly. He said that “this was the first time in our nation’s history that floor coverings have been used to protect the grass on the Mall.” Not true. Obama used them in 2013. He said this was the first time fencing and magnetometers “went back as far as the Mall.” Nope. Spicer argued that no one had crowd size estimates – but then started estimating crowd sizes by using false statistics regarding public transit (the Metro ridership was higher in 2009 and 2013 than it was on Friday). He said that this was the largest audience ever for an inauguration – a questionable statement at the least, given the television ratings in 2009. He then took zero questions.
Questioned about Spicer’s bizarre presser by Chuck Todd of NBC, Trump spokesperson Kellyanne Conway said that Spicer had simply presented “alternative facts.” ...Read the rest from Ben Shapiro HERE.
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