Step Aside, Kellyanne

Kellyanne Conway is now famous for, among other things, her citation of “alternative facts” as part of her objection to how news organizations reported on the size of the crowd at Comrade Trump’s inauguration.

Earlier this week, new Office of Management and Budget director Mick Mulvaney launched himself into Conway’s orbit when, objecting to how the Congressional Budget Office “scored” the Republican health care bill, declared that “I don’t believe the facts are correct.”

Seriously, that’s what he said:  “I don’t believe the facts are correct.”

What’s wrong with these people?

There’s Stephen Miller, the really scary “you will not deny” guy about whom The Curmudgeon wrote a few weeks ago.

And now there’s Mulvaney on top of Conway.  (Okay, now The Curmudgeon is trying to get the image of Mulvaney on top of Conway out of his head.)

Conway, of course, didn’t really mean “alternative facts.”  She was trying to say there were additional factors that the news organizations weren’t taking into consideration when reporting on the size of the Trump audience, but instead of saying “additional facts” or “other facts” she said, in a phrase that will live in infamy, “alternative facts.”

And this Trump spokesman managed to pull his foot out of his mouth long enough for the rest of us to see that he came to work wearing different shoes on Monday. Yikes.

And Mulvaney was trying to say that he disputed the accuracy of the Congressional Budget Office’s estimate but instead said that he didn’t believe the facts are correct.  He meant that the Congressional Budget Office’s conclusions were opinions or estimates or projections and not actually facts, but instead he said he disagreed with the facts.

Facts, of course, are facts and not subject to dispute.

Also not subject to dispute:  the people Comrade Trump is trotting out there to articulate his views are astonishingly inarticulate and apparently incapable of making their case without lodging their feet deep, deep into their mouths.

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