Kellyanne Conway, senior counsel to President Donald Trump, explained her use of the term “alternative facts” by comparing it to a recent snafu at the 89th Academy Awards.
During an interview with Nora O’Donnell on CBS Sunday Morning, Conway was asked about her pattern of mistakes, misstatements and falsehoods — like the false claim that there was a “massacre” in Bowling Green or proclaiming that the White House was using “alternative facts” to prove the size of Trump’s inauguration crowd.
Conway, however, insisted that her credibility had not been damaged.
“I’ve worked very hard to speak candidly and truthfully,” she said. “It was ‘alternative information’ and ‘additional facts’ — and that got conflated.”
“I see mistakes on TV every single day and people just brush them off,” Conway added. “Everybody thinks it’s just so funny that the wrong movie was heralded as the winner of the Oscars. And you say, ‘That’s just all in good fun. Things happen.’ Things happen to everyone.”
Watch the video below from CBS Sunday Morning, broadcast March 5, 2017.
Trump asked right-wing conspiracy theorist congressman to help him pick his next Director of National Intelligence
On Monday, Politico reported that President Donald Trump is consulting with Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) about who he should consider to replace Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats.
Nunes has led the Republican side of the House Intelligence Committee since 2015 and chaired the committee for four years, despite having no professional qualifications of any kind for that role. Since 2017, he has been known for his stunts and conspiracy theories intended to discredit the Russia investigation and throw suspicion on anyone who looks into Trump's conduct.
Conservative newspaper hilariously trolls Trump about his failure to build any new border wall
The conservative Washington Examiner trolled President Donald Trump for his failure to construct any new border barricade during his 30 months in office.
On Monday, Trump lashed out at the media on Twitter for not giving him positive coverage for his wall, which he erroneously claimed would be paid for by Mexico.
The Examiner replied to Trump on Twitter, posting an article headlined, "Trump has not built a single mile of new border fence after 30 months in office."
Here’s how a new study implies the Supreme Court has killed 16,000 people since 2012
A new paper published by the National Bureau of Economic Research looked into the effects of the Affordable Care Act's Medicaid expansion to people below 138 percent of the poverty line, which has seen nearly 15 million people enrolled in participating states. The results were encouraging: the mortality rate for near-elderly adults has dropped over 9 percent in the four years for which data is available.
But while this is cause for celebration, The Atlantic staff writer Annie Lowrey offered a darker take on the implications of these numbers: