Published: Sun, January 22, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

The truth about the crowd at Trump's inauguration in one photo

The truth about the crowd at Trump's inauguration in one photo

As they said goodbye to members of the White House residence staff, Mr Obama and his wife Michelle were presented with two USA flags that were flown atop of the building. And from the media tent to the Washington Monument, another 250,000 people. "There has been a lot of talk in the media about the responsibility of holding Donald Trump accountable". It's unclear how this is "intentionally framed".

TV ratings agency Neislen said 30.6 million USA viewers turned in for Trump's inaugural-a figure higher than audiences for President George W. Bush and President George H.W. Bush, but lower than Obama's 38 million viewers in 2009, and than President Ronald Reagan's 42 million viewers in 1981. Trump then had press secretary Sean Spicer call an impromptu briefing in which Spicer lashed the press for estimating crowd size.

We rate Spicer's claim trousers on Fire.

Spicer said that one tweet, which he did not further identify, had suggested that the mall was not full, something borne out by photos.

Spicer correctly said that the National Park Service does not do crowd estimates any longer, so that there was no official estimate to rely on, and NPR has made no official estimation of crowd size because official figures aren't available.

There will be an official tally at Friday's inaugural festivities, nor for the Women's March on Washington on Saturday. Seconds later, he said: "This was the largest audience ever to witness an inauguration, both in person and around the globe". And ridership on the Washington's Metro system didn't match that of recent inaugurations.

The truth about the crowd at Trump's inauguration in one photo
The truth about the crowd at Trump's inauguration in one photo

That sparked concern about the fate of those issues in the brand-new Trump White House.

Nielsen also estimated that about 31 million viewers watched TV coverage of the day - less than Obama and Ronald Reagan's first inaugurations.

Trump routinely used Chicago's homicide problem as a cudgel on the campaign trail, saying he knew a cop who could fix the city's problem "in one week".

Echoing his boss' earlier statements, Spicer claimed the media were working to "minimize the enormous support" that got Trump elected, and that it was "shameful and wrong" to put out "inaccurate" numbers and pictures about the crowds. Even The New York Times, which tends to consider itself above rabble rousing, reported that Spice lied.

"It is in America's interests and the world's interests that we have a constructive relationship with Russian Federation", he said, adding that the USA should set an example by not "invading and bullying" smaller countries.

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