What started as a single Facebook post in Hawaii turned into a coordinated global demonstration. The Womens March peacefully swarmed over 600 cities around the world on Saturday, with its heart in Washington, D.C. Politicians, celebrities, and artists like Rihanna, Madonna, Janelle Monae, Amber Coffman, and many others performed, spoke, and dabbed in defense of womens rights and human rights, and against the newly inaugurated President, Donald Trump, whose campaign rhetoric was posterized as marginalizing and divisive.
Crowd scientists say the womens march drew three times as many people to D.C. as Trump’s inauguration the day before, though crowd size was contested and obsessed over by our new President, with his Press Secretary Sean Spicer making his first statement to the press, one containing several lies.
This dishonesty, to whatever extent real or perceived (Politico counted five lies in five minutes), was an unideal start for the Press Secretary, whose fundamental function is to be a trusted ambassador of information between the President and the press. When pressed about Spicer's demonstrable lies the next day on Meet The Press, Trump counselor Kellyanne Conway said Spicer didn't' offer "lies," but rather "alternative facts."
You can't make this stuff up. Literally. To wit, this recent tweet by Merriam-Webster:
A fact is a piece of information presented as having objective reality. https://t.co/gCKRZZm23c— Merriam-Webster (@MerriamWebster) January 22, 2017
The Dictionary people are even taking sides on this one. You know where I stand on the issue. @FactsOnly for life.