A majority of the public has a difficult time believing the words coming out of press security Sarah Huckabee Sanders's mouth during White House press conferences. So when she posted a picture of a real pecan pie she baked for Thanksgiving, Twitter had difficulty swallowing the story.
"I don't cook much these days," she tweeted. "But managed this Chocolate Pecan Pie for Thanksgiving at the family farm!"
She took the near-perfect photo of her mouthwatering dessert and it looked too good to be true.
Sanders's photography skills may have outdone her baking prowess. Incredulous Twitter users accused Donald Trump's aide of stealing the image of the pecan pie from Internet stock photos and claiming the pie as her own.
Sarah Sanders did bake the pie. She took the photo. But that didn't stop Twitter from coming up with memes to mock her post.
I️ dont cook much these days, but managed this Chocolate Pecan Pie for Thanksgiving at the family farm! https://t.co/gY7c4nPxCT— Julie (@Julie) 1511572930.0
I MADE THIS PIE AND WATERMARKED IT BY HAND AND I AM ABSOLUTELY NOT LYING— Julie (@Julie) 1511573142.0
@resisterhood Only the best bakers get the watermark just right I’m a professional baker so you have to trust me— Beef Grunts (@Beef Grunts) 1511573210.0
https://t.co/sXXDCDnmaH— Sean T. Collins (@Sean T. Collins) 1511561544.0
"Piegate" kicked off on Twitter after CNN reporter April Ryan challenged Sanders to show her culinary delight on the Thanksgiving table. “I am not trying to be funny but folks are already saying #piegate and #fakepie. Show it to us on the table with folks eating it and a pic of you cooking it. I am getting the biggest laugh out of this. I am thankful for this laugh on Black Friday,” Ryan tweeted.
I am not trying to be funny but folks are already saying #piegate and #fakepie Show it to us on the table with fo… https://t.co/Aj2uQSbs6h— AprilDRyan (@AprilDRyan) 1511542481.0
Sanders responded, “Don’t worry @AprilDRyan because I’m nice I’ll bake one for you next week #RealPie #FakeNews ;-)”
Don’t worry @AprilDRyan because I’m nice I’ll bake one for you next week #RealPie #FakeNews ;-) https://t.co/5W3mGbKs4J— Sarah Sanders (@Sarah Sanders) 1511565806.0
Not satisfied with Sanders' response, the White House correspondent persisted, saying, "Just send a photo of your pie on the Thanksgiving table on the farm!” She added, “Okay I want to watch you bake it and put it on the table. But forgive I won’t eat it. Remember you guys don’t like the press.”
Sanders lies a lot, but NOT about this pie. THIS PIE IS PURE! https://t.co/q2XHg0cLtr— Alex Bedder (@Alex Bedder) 1511566271.0
Meanwhile, Twitter users were getting increasingly creative with their ribbing of the press secretary.
@PressSec l don’t get a chance to work in the garage much these days but i managed to rebuild this engine this week! https://t.co/TKiHmoGO9W— TBG (@TBG) 1511562389.0
@jasonuk17 @JPaulYall @ThatBoysGood @PressSec Don't swim much but was able to put this together in under 3 hours https://t.co/5J9tVJJrpv— 👑 LJ tha Fiasco 👑 (@👑 LJ tha Fiasco 👑) 1511563503.0
@JPaulYall @ThatBoysGood @PressSec You guys should see my new house. I just built it this afternoon https://t.co/hMXoUhnsTX— Jason Ence (@Jason Ence) 1511563080.0
@LJthaFiasc0 @jasonuk17 @JPaulYall @ThatBoysGood @PressSec I don't have much time to fashion canoes out of fallen K… https://t.co/E3VkxnRGnE— Biscuit Extra Buttra (@Biscuit Extra Buttra) 1511563934.0
@BiggestBiscuit @LJthaFiasc0 @jasonuk17 @JPaulYall @ThatBoysGood @PressSec I built this over the weekend https://t.co/iNXet5BEkx— El Gordo Coop® (@El Gordo Coop®) 1511564051.0
@altCourierSix @theonlyadrienne @ItMeCoop @LJthaFiasc0 @BiggestBiscuit @jasonuk17 @JPaulYall @ThatBoysGood… https://t.co/Lcvl00Awua— Jenny McNabb (@Jenny McNabb) 1511574012.0
Maybe we could all benefit from a post-Thanksgiving workout?
@theonlyadrienne @ItMeCoop @LJthaFiasc0 @BiggestBiscuit @jasonuk17 @JPaulYall @ThatBoysGood @PressSec I don't work… https://t.co/cE8tS9BAPE— Commonwealth Courier (@Commonwealth Courier) 1511570829.0
@mcnabb_jenny @altCourierSix @theonlyadrienne @ItMeCoop @LJthaFiasc0 @BiggestBiscuit @jasonuk17 @JPaulYall… https://t.co/1ayAc3UNHe— F. (@F.) 1511574707.0
The truth didn't matter anymore because the thread took on a life of its own.
@thoughsob @mcnabb_jenny @altCourierSix @theonlyadrienne @ItMeCoop @LJthaFiasc0 @BiggestBiscuit @jasonuk17… https://t.co/zfROMnJuAJ— #ResistForHeather💜 (@#ResistForHeather💜) 1511626161.0
Todd Starnes from Fox News reached out to Sanders to get to the bottom of the pie debate. She allegedly confirmed, “Of course I made the pie. I make it for every holiday family gathering and have for years.”
She claimed it was a recipe handed down from her mother and her grandmother. “I also used to make them for my neighbors on my street at Christmas every year,” she told Starnes.
Why spoil the fun?
Can't believe I'm sticking up for @PressSec , but the Pecan Pie picture she tweeted is real. It was tweeted from he… https://t.co/G1ItfZ2RKm— Kris (@Kris) 1511564544.0
It always comes back to the pie.
@ItMeCoop @LJthaFiasc0 @BiggestBiscuit @jasonuk17 @JPaulYall @ThatBoysGood @PressSec I had a huge thanksgiving but… https://t.co/LtbB6oe4Uh— foxienne [wailing awkwardly] (@foxienne [wailing awkwardly]) 1511565403.0
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