Social media imploded with an odd conspiracy theory aimed at White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and her pie-making skills.
Did this really happen?
Yes. It started with Huckabee Sanders' tweet about a pecan pie she baked for Thanksgiving.
I️ dont cook much these days, but managed this Chocolate Pecan Pie for Thanksgiving at the family farm! https://t.co/rO8nFxtly7— Kayleigh McEnany (@Kayleigh McEnany) 1511466010.0
Immediately a theory gathered steam among her detractors that she didn't actually bake this pie, but posted a picture of a stock photo pastry and passed it on as her own.
A Twitter "moment" collected various tweets mocking Sanders as if she was lying about baking the pie.
The conspiracy theory reached its height when White House correspondent and frequent Trump administration critic April Ryan pressed Huckabee Sanders for evidence that she had indeed baked the suspicious pastry.
"Show it to us on a table," Ryan demanded, with a link to Huckabee's pie tweet.
"I am not trying to be funny but folks are already saying #piegate and #fakepie," she tweeted later. "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!"
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
"I do not want to leave the impression I was to taste [Sarah Huckabee Sanders'] pie," she added. "NOPE! Not at all. I hope they enjoyed the stock photo pie!"
Sanders responded jokingly, "Don’t worry [April Ryan] because I’m nice I’ll bake one for you next week."
Don’t worry @AprilDRyan because I’m nice I’ll bake one for you next week #RealPie #FakeNews ;-) https://t.co/5W3mGbKs4J— Kayleigh McEnany (@Kayleigh McEnany) 1511565806.0
Why is this important?
It's not, except as the latest example of how reporters will criticize Trump administration figures over the tiniest of details, complete with social media ridicule.