The rest of America may be resting on its Laurels, but President Donald Trump’s mind appears to be stuck on another word that puzzled us all.
In a video posted Thursday evening, the White House waded into America’s most contentious debate: Is it “Laurel” or “Yanny”? In case you haven’t been attuned to social media, the country is divided over whether a voice in a brief audio clip is saying “Laurel” or “Yanny.” The White House is far from the the first corner of Washington to weigh in on a topic that many have found earresistible. (For the record, House Speaker Paul Ryan says it’s “Laurel,” but House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy swears it’s “Yanny.”)
White House senior adviser Ivanka Trump, counselor Kellyanne Conway and director of social media Dan Scavino are all on team #Laurel.
“It’s ‘Laurel.’ But I could deflect and divert to if you need me to,” Conway says.
There are actual reasons why an individual might hear either word, which makes this a true alternative fact.
Not so, say White House deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley and director of strategic communications Mercedes Schlapp.
“Yanny’s the winner, Laurel’s the loser,” Schlapp says.
Vice President Mike Pence has no idea what is going on …. in case you’re listening, Robert Mueller.
And President Trump?
“I hear covfefe.”