Sales of Orwell's 1984 surge after Trump aide's 'alternative facts'

George Orwell's famed novel about a totalitarian state is climbing up the Amazon bestseller list after drawing comparisons to a Trump advisor's attempt at spin. The sale surge was highlighted Monday by Brian Stelter, host of CNN's "Reliable Sources", when the book was number six on the list.

Senior Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway later defended that argument by saying Spicer's false claims were actually "alternative facts".

On Tuesday the novel was the sixth best-selling book on Amazon.

Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway prepares to appear on the Sunday morning show "Meet The Press", from the north lawn at the White House, Jan. 22, 2017 in Washington, DC.

Members of the Trump team were quick to defend the low turnout to media, including White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer who declared on Saturday that "This was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration - period".

"This brings us to 1984 'doublethink, ' where war is really peace, where starvation is really plenty".

"'Alternative facts' is a euphemism of propagandists and authoritarians. That's what's happening here", political historian Allan Lichtman added.

Conway's "alternative facts" bears eerie resemblance to the novel's terms "newspeak" and "doublethink", which articulated the fact that two contradictory beliefs can be held in one's mind at once... and you can accept them both.

Orwell also wrote about the way language can undermine truth in his nonfiction.

  • Audrey Hill