In the past few days, the media has been filled with comparisons of presidential inaugural crowds. More specifically, Trump’s inaugural crowd was criticized for being a relatively small one. Sean Spicer, the White House Press Secretary, argued that there are several sides to each argument, and the media has skewed the story as usual. He says he’s going to hold the press accountable for framing the aerial shots to look as if Trump’s inaugural crowd was a mere fraction of either of Obama’s inaugural crowd. Another point of his argument is that the crowd was behind the aerial shots for safety reasons.
According to the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, there were about 570,000 riders for Trump’s rally, compared to Obama’s 782,000. This ridership number is misleading, because the Metro was not serving just the inauguration, it was also for the citizens of the city to go to work or other daily activities. The average Metro ridership in 2016 was 639,000; if Spencer wants to use this argument, less people used public transit that day… Whether this comparison is true or not, it can be proven with photos that have yet to surface of the crowd behind the popular aerial shots (below).
Spencer declined to take questions, but I’m sure the news reporters there wanted to challenge him on his words. To answer these questions, Kellyanne Conway, a top adviser to President Donald Trump, stated that Spencer stated “alternative facts” During NBC’s “Meet the Press.” From this event and others regarding Trump’s audience size during campaigns, Trump’s opponents’ accusations of Trump being a habitual liar are becoming more and more evident.
Regardless, Trump’s team has said that they will fight the de-legitimization of their President every day, and twice on Sunday.