President Donald Trump's inauguration was sparsely attended in comparison to the protest against him.
In fact, crowd experts tell the New York Times at least three times as many people showed up to the Women's March on Washington. The experts also note they could be underestimating turnout for the march.
The estimates are not comprehensive counts and were necessarily limited by the availability of photographs and video that covered the areas of interest. But their estimate was in line with one given by a city official who said that march participation likely surpassed half a million, according to The Associated Press.
The scientists had better images for the analysis of Mr. Trump’s inauguration crowd, which was concentrated on the mall. But the women’s march was more sprawling and fluid, so the actual number of people at the women’s march could be larger.
Significantly more people also showed up to both of former president Barack Obama's inaugurations too.
Poor baby Donald and his fragile ego can't take that reality though, so his administration is inventing its own.
"This was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration — period — both in person and around the globe," Press Secretary Sean Spicer said yesterday of Trump's inauguration during the administration's first press briefing since the new president took his oath of office. It's a laughable claim that demonstrates how insecure the president-elect is. While it's easy to roll our eyes and make fun of the absurd assertion, the move also demonstrates the Trump administration's strategy of making blatantly false claims in an effort to further erode trust in the media.
Additionally, our new president used his teeny-weeny hands to tweet about the march. His tweet seemed intended to be an insult to protesters, but if anything it demonstrates that Trump might be worried he's not actually the president America wanted and would've lost if everyone had voted.
This snarky tweet just about sums it up: