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

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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 adviser 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.”

{mosads}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 Barack Obama’s 2009 inauguration clearly had a bigger crowd on the National Mall.

Many on social media compared “alternative facts” to the use of “doublethink,” a type of rhetoric in “1984” by which the government presents two contradictory facts as both true.

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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