Donald Trump continues to insist that he had the biggest audience in inauguration history in his first TV interview as president and said he wouldn’t allow the media to “demean” the crowds he draws.
“We had a massive crowd of people. We had a crowd — I looked over that sea of people, and I said to myself, ‘Wow.’ And I’ve seen crowds before — big, big crowds. That was some crowd,” Trump said in an interview with ABC’s David Muir.
Trump, whose closest allies have been battling with the press over crowd size coverage, said he wouldn’t allow the media to “demean” his audience.
“I won’t allow you or other people like you to demean that crowd or demean the people who came to Washington, D.C. from faraway places because they like me, but more importantly they like what I’m saying,” he said.
“We had the biggest audience in the history of inauguration speeches,” Trump said, seeming to refer not only to those present on the Mall but people who watched online and on TV.
Pres. Trump "won’t allow" anyone to demean people in Inauguration crowd: "We had the biggest audience in the history of inaugural speeches." pic.twitter.com/13dHFLbqn1
— ABC News (@ABC) January 26, 2017
Trump also showed Muir an image of the crowd he hung up in the White House press hall.
Trump on inauguration photo: "I would actually take that camera and take your time if you want to know the truth" pic.twitter.com/MrmriVaJTu
— Ethan Klapper (@ethanklapper) January 26, 2017