Former presidential candidate Bernie Sanders on Saturday fired back at President Trump for claiming that a rally of his voters would be bigger than the anti-Trump protests around the country.
Trump, ever obsessed with making claims about the sizes of his voters and rallies, tweeted on Saturday and said “Maybe the millions of people who voted to MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN should have their own rally. It would be the biggest of them all!”
Maybe the millions of people who voted to MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN should have their own rally. It would be the biggest of them all!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 25, 2017
Sanders was quick to hit back with a very concise and irrefutable response which received far more likes and retweets than Trump’s original tweet — another sign of which crowd is larger. “They did. It wasn’t,” Sanders tweeted.
— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) February 25, 2017
During the days and weeks following the inauguration, a central message from the Trump administration centered around the crowd sizes at his inauguration as compared with his predecessors, particularly President Obama. As was clearly visible from photos, Obama’s crowd sizes were multiples larger.
Not only that, but the protests that followed the next day again dwarfed the inauguration crowds. All evidence, including DC Metro ridership, showed a decisively larger crowd at the Women’s March on Washington, which clearly outnumber the inauguration crowd by multiples. Other protests on the same day at cities around the country such as Chicago and Los Angeles also appeared to be far larger than the inauguration.
Still, Trump continued on, “We had a massive field of people, you saw that. Packed,” Trump said during his speech at the CIA headquarters — his first official visit as president.
“I get up this morning and I turn on one of the networks and they show an empty field. I said wait a minute, I made a speech; I looked out; the field was, it looked like a million, a million and half people. They showed a field where there were practically nobody standing there,” he added.
The day after the inauguration, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer yelled at the White House press corp about media coverage of President Trump’s inauguration.
In his first official appearance in the James A. Brady Press Briefing Room, Spicer spoke for a period of minutes in a clearly agitated and angry tone denouncing news organizations’ focus on the inaugural crowd size as “shameful and wrong,” though the press coverage is not markedly different than in inaugurations past, particularly those of President Obama.
“This was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration, period, both in person and around the globe,” Spicer angrily declared. He also claimed that the photos showing the crowds at Trump’s inauguration were “intentionally framed … to minimize the enormous support.”