I’ve been seeing lots of crazy representations of how huge the crowd was for Friday’s inauguration ceremony in Washington DC. Here’s one: ‘Trump says his Inauguration brought crowds of over a million people, and the outlets claiming it was only 250k are just full of it.’
Well, they’re not. They’re right.
What I can tell you from being in town for three inaugurals, including this one, is that Trump’s event was several times smaller than Obama’s in 2009. This is not a big deal and it’s not a contest.
But what is odd is how Trump and his press secretary kept pounding away on something that is demonstrably and grossly untrue. I’m posting a picture of a street blocks away from the event in 2009. It was nothing like that for Trump — not even close. Friday, you could walk down the streets with plenty of elbow room and stay on the sidewalks. You could sit in many empty bleachers for the parade. You could easily find a seat on the Metro.
It took hours to get into Congressional offices the day before Obama’s 2009 inauguration to get tickets. It took about 10-15 minutes this time around. It wasn’t because it was more efficient. It was because a whole lot less people were trying to get in.
To begin your administration trying to peddle bull and making a point of it — trying to undermine the media for telling things the way they were — is just absurd. For whatever reason, they are pushing this big lie. Why? And to then claim that THE MEDIA is dishonest? It’s silly. If Trump will go to the mat to lie about that on his administration’s first full day in office, then what else will they be misrepresenting?