After the national parks service and tv cameras filming the innaguration showed that it was sparsely attended Trump today said there was 1-1.5 Million people there.
Trump's media secretary briefed the press saying that "this was the best attended inauguration period." He said this flanked by two photo pictures taken from an angle that doesn't show the full mall, while overhead photos showed how empty the space was.
Trump is lying about things that are extremely easily to verify as false. He is taking the American people for fools and I honestly can't believe anyone believes anything he says is true at this point.
It's such a petty thing, for liberals to point out in the first place and for Trump to get defensive about.
"Only" 900,000 people showed up for Trump's inauguration? So? It's more than any Republican ever, and more than anybody put Clinton and Obama. D.C. votes over 90% Democrat, as do Maryland and northern Virginia.
Let's hold the inauguration in Alabama and see what the turnout is like, you know? My guess is that Republicans would draw bigger crowds than Democrats, and it would be equally meaningless.
I'm sorry to come in late to this discussion, but are people suggesting that 900k showed up at the inauguration yesterday? Because as DC resident, I find that beyond impossible to believe.
Because when 900k people descend on your city, you notice. The Metro is packed, the streets are crowded for miles north of the mall. It felt like there were fewer people than on a regular workday (when about 500k extra people enter DC.)
And today's march felt different. The Metro was packed, the buses were packed, and there were people everywhere
. Parking garages at the Metro stations were completely full. Yesterday, they weren't. The march ended about 7 hours ago and it's still hopping way more than your average Saturday night. They estimated the march today at 600-800k. It was packed with people from 3rd to 14th street, which is the same area that people stand for inauguration. I don't know if anyone has compared shots from today and yesterday, but I'll be shocked if today's looked more sparse than yesterday.
And the numbers from Metro back it up -- there were twice the number of people taking the train in the morning as did yesterday. (470k vs. 190k). I live right near a metro station, and there was a non-stop flow of charter buses dropping people off this morning and picking them up tonight. There were more than usual yesterday, but I've never seen so many as today. (They didn't allow charter buses to stop near my station in 2013 due to construction, so I can't compare to prior inaugurations.)
I'm sure there were a lot of people yesterday, definitely in the hundreds of thousands. But if today's event was 800k, there's no way that yesterday was more than 500k.