Donald Trump has only been president for a day and already his team has spawned a viral social media meme poking fun at the White House press secretary and caused outrage for changes to the government website.
Yesterday, the new White House press secretary Sean Spicer left many people scratching their heads after he claimed Trump’s inauguration drew the biggest crowds ever, despite the fact it was clearly not true.
Instead of using the first official press briefing to talk about healthy care, the economy and the plan going forward, Spicer instead focussed on the crowd size, making it clear that in his eyes, size matters.
“This was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration, period, both in person and around the globe,” he told the room full of journalists.
His words backed up Trump’s earlier claim that he knew millions of people had attended because he had seen them with his own eyes.
Numbers tracking how many people used public transport to get to the inauguration and photos of the event have clearly disproved the claim and it didn’t take long for people to jump online and start having a laugh using the hashtag SpicerFacts.
“Donald Trump was the first person to walk on the moon, despite what the dishonest media claims. #SpicerFacts”, wrote parody account Sean Spicer Facts.
Donald Trump was the first person to walk on the moon, despite what the dishonest media claims. #SpicerFacts
— Sean Spicer Facts (@SeanSpicerFacts) January 22, 2017
“The Earth is flat. Period. #spicerfacts,” wrote Danny Sullivan.
— Danny Sullivan (@dannysullivan) January 22, 2017
“The groundhog is the most accurate predictor of weather in history. Period #SpicerFacts,” said Twitter user Chaco.
— Chaco (@Chaco_Chicken) January 22, 2017
Later in the day, there was plenty of talk about the changes to the White House website with people quickly noticing that the page on climate change had been removed and replaced with ‘An American First Energy Plan’.
Likewise, the Department of Labor’s report on lesbians, bisexuals, gays and transgender people in the workplace was deleted completely.
While the changes have left some worried, many Trump voters are happy to see he is starting to make good on the promises he delivered in the election.
The ‘America first’ focus seems to be an increasing trend around the world, with people from many different countries, including Australia, saying it’s time to stop think about everyone else and focus on fixing our own problems first.