The media learned a valuable lesson today — do not mess with White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer.
He eviscerated the media about several issues, but one issue in particular was the size and scope of the inaugural crowds, which were distorted by several media outlets and reporters — Spicer said, “this was the largest audience to witness an inauguration. Period.”
“Photographs of the inaugural proceedings were intentionally framed in a way, in one particular tweet, to minimize the support that had gathered on the national mall,” Spicer said. “This is the first time in our nation’s history that floor covering had to be used in order to protect the grass on the mall.”
“Inaccurate numbers involving crowd size were also tweeted — no one had numbers. The National Park service, which controls the National Mall, does not put any out.”
Then he wrapped up with some brutal estimates, based on photographs taken of the event during President Trump’s oath recitation.
“We know that from the platform, where the President was sworn in to 4th street, holds about 250,000 people. From 4th street to the media tent was about another 220,000 people. And from the media tent to the Washington Monument was another 250,000 people. All of this space was full when the president took the oath of office,” Spicer stated.
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