Well, let’s see Donald Trump try to spin this.
Buzzfeed has just published photos released by the national Park Service showing the exact size of Trump’s inauguration. And much to Trump’s chagrin, there were NOT 1.5 million people in attendance.
The photographs, released in response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request filed by BuzzFeed News and other media, clearly show that the number of people who attended Obama’s inaugurations far outstripped the number of people who attended Trump’s swearing in.
BuzzFeed News’s FOIA request was sparked by statements and tweets by Trump, which falsely claimed that more 1.5 million people attended his inauguration. Trump and White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer had accused the media of manipulating photographs and depicting them at different angles in order to show that the size of the crowd at Trump’s inauguration was much smaller than Obama’s.
At a speech at CIA headquarters three days after he was sworn into office, Trump talked about the attendance at his inauguration.
“I turn on one of the networks, and they show an empty field,” Trump said. “I’m like, wait a minute. I made a speech. I looked out, the field was, it looked like a million, million and a half people.”
Spicer said Trump’s inauguration was the most viewed in history and challenged the media to prove him wrong. The photographs released by the park service would appear to do just that.
Take a look at Trump’s inauguration:
And here are official photos of Obama’s inauguration: