(Note: Zhao Gao (258-207BC) was the highest official under the Second Emperor of the Qin Dynasty.)
Aspiring to gain complete control of power, and anxious that others might not obey him, Zhao Gao set up a test. He led a deer to the emperor and said, "This is a horse." The emperor laughed. "Are you mistaken? Calling a deer a horse?" When the emperor asked the other officials in the court, some remained silent, some followed Zhao to say the deer was a horse, and some said it was a deer. Zhao then back-stabbed those who said the deer was a deer, causing them to be punished under the law. From that day forward everyone feared Zhao and repeated his alternative fact.
[Original text] 赵高欲为乱，恐群臣不听，乃先设验. 持鹿献于二世，曰：“马也。”二世笑曰：“丞相误邪？谓鹿为马。”问左右，左右或默，或言马以阿顺赵高，或言鹿者。高因阴中诸言鹿者以法。后群臣皆畏高。（司马迁《史记·秦始皇本纪》）
This is what Trump voters said when asked to compare his inauguration crowd with Obama’s