It’s not the size of the crowd, it’s the timing of the photos, our under-endowed president’s White House press secretary angrily declared. On Saturday, Sean Spicer attacked the media for accurately reporting on the pathetic crowd size for Donald Trump’s inauguration on Friday.
“This was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration, period,” Spicer insisted. Then he sputtered and fumed lame excuses about floor coverings and the press comparing photos from different times to make his boss’s crowd size look smaller.
But there’s no getting around it. Crowd size matters, especially when you and your party have just lost the popular vote by nearly 3 million. Crowd experts estimate only 160,000 people attended Donald Trump’s inauguration. That’s paltry compared with 1.8 million for President Barack Obama’s inauguration in 2009, 1 million for Obama in 2013, and “at least” 470,000 for the massive Women’s March on Washington protest on Saturday.
— NYT Graphics (@nytgraphics) January 22, 2017
Contrast the crowd size in the photos above and below. This is what losing the popular vote looks like, and Mein Trumpf doesn’t like it.
— Us Weekly (@usweekly) January 22, 2017
Former RNC chair and current White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus got stuck cleaning up Sean Spicer’s mess the next day…But by the time he joined the Fox News Sunday crew, Chris Wallace was fresh out of patience.
After reviewing Spicer’s sad performance, Chris Wallace snapped:
“President Trump said in his inaugural address that every decision he makes will be to benefit American families. How does arguing about crowd size do that?”
But Rancid Priapus insisted that the hoopla isn’t about crowd size but “honesty in the media.” He then snarled, “We’re not gonna sit around and take it.”
Chris Wallace then showed Reince Priebus the 2009 and 2017 photos shown above and flat-out asked him which one looked more crowded. A clearly ticked-off Priebus insisted the photo of Donald Trump’s inauguration had been snapped before the ceremony had begun…Even though the New York Times said both photos were taken about “45 minutes before each oath of office.”
No wonder Chris Wallace got disgusted and declared:
“I think this is a ridiculous conversation, There were huge areas, he [Trump] said there were crowds all the way to the Washington Monument.”
But Reince Priebus insisted “there was,” and accused Chris Wallace of “comparing apples to apples.” But Chris Wallace offered to show the two photos again and said, “I’m telling you there were fewer people.”
Watch: Chris Wallace grills Reince Priebus within an inch of his life over Donald Trump’s crowd size.
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