This picture has been floating around my Facebook page for a week or so and I find it hilarious. What I find more hilarious is how angry Trump is getting over it, and the lengths that he is going to prove this picture wrong.
– He made people stop tweeting about it – The National Park’s Twitter page was re-tweeting other users’ negative tweets about the small size of the Inauguration crowd (the tweet has been taken down since then), and Trump quickly put a halt to it. “A career staffer at the Interior Department instructed employees that the ‘new administration has said that the department and all bureau are not supposed to tweet this weekend and wait for guidance until Monday.'” Later, the National Park’s Twitter tweeted a formal apology, and all is well again.
– He and his staff went out of their way to dismiss the “facts” – “‘The point is not the crowd size,’ Preibus said on Fox News. ‘The point is the attacks and the attempt to de-legitimize this president in one day, and we’re not going to sit around and take it.'” In an effort to cipher through what was fact and what was assumption, I went to Factcheck.org. It was here that I learned that Obama’s first inauguration in 2009 was a record-breaking election, both in attendance and in online-viewing, with numbers that have, still, not been broken since.
The conclusion to this article sums it all up perfectly.
“Regardless, Trump and Spicer argued that the media misrepresented the size of the crowd at the inauguration, and we don’t find any evidence of that. To the contrary, it was Trump and Spicer who provided false information to feed a false narrative about crowd size.”
– He is going to hang an enlarged version of the crowd in the White House – In light of everything I have learned about the inauguration crowd — that Trump got feisty and shut down negative tweets about the event, and inaccurately corrected fact-checked numbers about attendance — it does not surprise me in the slightest that he would take one extra step to prove himself “right.” President Trump will take a larger-than-life sized picture from his Inauguration Address and hang it in West Wing of the White House.
Photo: New York Times’ Twitter