TEHRAN, May 27, YJC - Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton jabbed President Trump Friday for disputing media reports about the size of the crowds at his January inauguration.
TEHRAN, Young Journalists Club (YJC) - Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton jabbed President Trump Friday for disputing media reports about the size of the crowds at his January inauguration.
"Some are even denying things we see with our own eyes, like the size of crowds," Clinton said during a commencement speech at Wellesley College, her alma mater. "And then defending themselves by talking about 'alternative facts.' "
In January, Trump was incensed after photographs and public transit statistics proved that his inauguration crowds didn't measure up to former President Barack Obama's 2009 swearing-in. White House press secretary Sean Spicer defended the crowd sizes in a press conference, while Trump blasted press reports about his inauguration audience in a speech at CIA headquarters.
Clinton struck a serious tone when talking about the importance of reliable information in the face of conspiracy theories and social media.
"You are graduating at a time when there is a full-fledged assault on truth and reason,” Clinton said.
"Just log on to social media for 10 seconds, it will hit you right in the face.”
The former secretary of State went on to knock right-wing media.
"People denying science, concocting elaborate, hurtful conspiracy theories about child abuse rings operating out of pizza parlors,” she said, referencing the "Pizzagate" conspiracy theory that inspired a man to fire shots in a Washington, D.C., pizzeria.
Clinton also called for unity and denounced speech that creates "rampant fear."
"Drumming up rampant fear about undocumented immigrants, Muslims, the poor. Sowing division at a time when we desperately need unity,” she said.
Source: The Hill