Much of what I have seen in response to the leader of our neighbor to the south has the same angry and dark tone that he himself uses. What humor does is to use the same tactic by simply shifting the context. Ms. Conway’s phrase “Alternative Facts” deserves exactly this kind of reply. What she is trying to do is to erode the meaning of the word, fact – which is extremely dangerous. It is illustrated by the reaction of many of the leader’s supporters, who simply respond – I don’t care. But if we stop caring, who are we?
One simply hopes that someone who accepts alternative facts can see the reality pictured here rather than putting all their aspirational eggs in one questionable basket.
Another more lighthearted response comes from a Dutch talk show.
The beauty of both these approaches – rather than angry rants – is that they’re fun and help us get on with our lives and doing whatever good we can in our small corners – and whatever the leader next door thinks of them – he’ll be less able to end his Tweet with “sad”.