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Sales of ’1984’ surge after Conway talks ‘alternative facts’

The Hill logo The Hill 1/24/2017 Jennifer Calfas
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George Orwell's dystopian novel "1984" is surging in popularity in the days since President Trump's inauguration.

The iconic book, published nearly 70 years ago, is the sixth best-selling book on Amazon as of Tuesday morning.

Top Trump advisor Kellyanne Conway on Sunday defended the White House's statements about the size of the crowd at Trump's inauguration by referring to it "alternative facts."

She was referring to White House press secretary Sean Spicer's insistence that Friday's swearing-in was "the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration, period," despite photos and videos showing that former President Obama's 2009 inauguration clearly had a bigger crowd on the National Mall.

Many on social media compared "alternative facts" to the use of "newspeak," a type of rhetoric in "1984" where the government lies to citizens and insists its lies are the only acceptable truth.

The connection between Conway's comments and the novel was first made on CNN reporter Brian Stelter's show "Reliable Sources."


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