January 22nd, 2017

The image above shows the turnout for the 2009 inauguration of President Barack Hussein Obama. Mouse over the image to see what the turnout for the 2017 inauguration of President Donald John Trump looked like. To steal a favorite tweet word from President Trump: sad.

So, President Donald John Trump is not happy. People just don’t love him in reality the way they do in his fantasies. (This might be because Trump thinks that the word reality in reality television is actually, you know, reality.) Not only is he not a majority president—he managed to only win a minority 46.1 percent of the 60 (58.99) percent (136,600,912 of the 231,556,622 eligible voters), he fell short of besting Hillary Clinton in the popular vote by 2,865,075 votes.

Sad—I’m starting to really like that word—especially in light of his historically low approval rating as he takes the oath of office.

Then there’s the matter of the numbers who turned up in Washington to watch the inauguration. David Smith, writing in Women’s March on Washington overshadows Trump’s first full day in office for The Guardian, provides the details:

Hundreds of thousands of women turned Washington’s National Mall into a sea of pink on Saturday, sending the first concerted message of grassroots opposition to Donald Trump since he moved into the White House.

“Minority president”, “Women roar” and “I’m afraid” were among the signs waved by a crowd which was made up mostly of women but also comprised some men and which far exceeded turnout for Friday’s inauguration. Many wore pink handknit “pussy hats” – a rebuke to the billionaire businessman once caught on tape bragging about his ability to “grab” women “by the pussy”. Organisers estimated that more than a million people attended.

Later, in a blistering press room debut, Trump’s press secretary Sean Spicer accused the press of “minimising the enormous support” that had turned out for Trump the day before.

He first accused some media of “deliberately false reporting”, citing a “particularly egregious example” of a reporter tweeting that a bust of Martin Luther King Jr had been removed from the Oval Office. “This was irresponsible and reckless,” he said. The night before, he had tweeted “apology accepted” to the reporter, who had apologised for the mistake.

On Saturday Spicer went on to say that photographs of the inauguration “were intentionally framed in a way in one particular tweet to minimise the enormous support that gathered on the National Mall.”

Almost shouting, Spicer continued: “Inaccurate numbers involving crowd size were also tweeted. No one had numbers because the National Park Service, which controls the National Mall, does not put any out. By the way, this applies to any attempt to count the number of protesters today in the same fashion.”

Poor, poor Spicer, I think he’s discovering how hard his job will be. The president wanted Chicago; he got Floyd County, Georgia.


  1. Paul says:

    Yes, thank you.

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