"You’re saying it’s a falsehood, and they’re giving – Sean Spicer, our press secretary, gave alternative facts to that" - Kellyanne Conway to NBC, Sunday 22 January 2017.
We get more and more of this, I thought we might keep track.
Like when Susan Rice "inadvertently made false representations", or Paul Ryan gave "factual shortcuts" during the Republican convention after which one reporter was moved to observe "I marked at least seven or eight points I'm sure the fact checkers will have some opportunities to dispute if they want to go forward." and another "There will be issues with some of the facts. But it motivated people."
Sean Spicer on Washington metro usage: "That wasn’t like we made them up out of thin air", and "I think sometimes we can disagree with the facts. Our intention is never to lie to you".
So today we have Kellyanne Conway. Again.“I bet it’s brand new information to people that President Obama had a six-month ban on the Iraqi refugee program after two Iraqis came here to this country, were radicalised and they were the masterminds behind the Bowling Green massacre. Most people don’t know that because it didn’t get covered.”And Paul Ryan chipping in afterwards, referring to "the attempted bombing in Bowling Green, where I live".
What do these people hope to gain? Or are they simply unaware that these unchecked inventions aren't true?