Sean Spicer told the world on Tuesday that, no, microwaves are not a good way to spy on people.
That was in response to Queen of Alternative Facts Kellyanne Conway, who recently said these kitchen appliances are just one of the many ways Big Brother may have been watching Donald Trump during his campaign (as he believes but has not yet proven).
Claiming Conway's earlier comments were "made in jest," Spicer didn't completely rule out the possibility of microwave spying: "The microwave is not a sound way of surveilling someone," he told reporters.
Like so much of what Spicer says, it leaves plenty of room for error — a fact Chelsea Clinton, who has proven to be a deft online critic of the Trump administration, couldn't help pointing out on Twitter.
It's a question worth asking. Earlier this week, Kellyanne Conway — who did not particularly appear to be joking — said that this sort of kitchen-based spying is a very real part of the 21st Century. "We know this is a fact of modern life," she said, also offering no evidence to back up the claim.
Q: Do you know if Trump Tower was wiretapped?
Kellyanne: There was an article this week—you can be spied on via a camera in your microwave http://pic.twitter.com/rObFkIrLGG
— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) March 13, 2017
"There was an article this week that talked about how you can surveil someone through their phones, certainly through their television sets, any number of different ways. And microwaves it turned into cameras, et cetera."
She later tried backing down from the claims, saying she was talking about, you know, surveillance stuff in general.
"I don’t believe people are using the microwave to spy on the Trump campaign," she said.
Wait for it...
"However ... I’m not in the job of having evidence. That’s what investigations are for."
It appears making factual statements isn't on her to-do list after all.