Donald Trump’s skin is incredibly thin, and he cannot stand to be challenged. Therefore, his small inauguration crowd, and more importantly the massive protests that have greeted the beginning of his presidency have really gotten to him. So, what does he do? Why, he uses his incoming White House Press Secretary, Sean Spicer, to rant about the media coverage regarding crowd sizes. Then get caught repeatedly lying about Trump’s embarrassing inauguration attendance.
Of course, the internet forgets nothing, and Spicer’s childish, petty remarks only serve to amp up Trump’s ongoing feud with the press.
“…photographs of the inaugural proceedings were intentionally framed in a way in one particular tweet to minimize the enormous support that had gathered on the national mall. This was the first time in our nation’s history that floor coverings had been used to protect the grass on the mall. That had the effect of highlighting any areas where people were not standing, while in years past the grass eliminated this visual.”
That’s already a blatant lie. Grass coverings were used during Obama’s inauguration in 2013 and his estimated attendance was much, much higher despite the supposed “effect of highlighting any areas where people were not standing.”
“This was also the first time where fencing and magnitometers went as far back on the mall, preventing hundreds of thousands of people from accessing the mall as quickly as they had in inaugurations past.”
This is also a lie.
A USSS spokesperson tells us no magnetometers were used on the National Mall for Trump's inauguration.
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) January 22, 2017
“Inaccurate numbers involving crowd sizes were also tweeted. No one had numbers because the National Park Service, which controls the National Mall, does not put any out. By the way, this includes any attempts to try to count the numbers of protesters today in the same fashion.”
He then came up with numbers proving Trump’s attendance “beat” Obama’s citing statistics that appear to be complete fabrications. Here are the real numbers:
Metro said 570,557 people took trips in the system between its early 4 a .m. Friday opening through midnight closing.
The figures are significantly lower than those from the 2009 and 2013 Inaugurations of President Barack Obama; 1.1 million trips in 2009 and 782,000 in 2013, according to Metro.
And the rant went on and on, with Spicer trying to pump up Trump’s support and downplay any dissidents. He completely ignored reality, and attacked the media relentlessly. This is all part of Trump and his team’s autocratic playbook. They intend to create an alternate reality, as dictatorships do everywhere, in order to justify doing as they please.
It is time for us to put them on notice and let them know that we will not stand for it. Keep marching, people. It’s going to be a long four years. #RESIST.
Watch Spicer’s tantrum below:
“This was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration — period,” Trump White House press secretary falsely claims. Patently false. pic.twitter.com/QL971jmyMt
— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) January 21, 2017
Featured image via screen capture from Twitter