Despite being surrounded by thousands of protestors who participated in the historic Women’s March on Saturday, Donald Trump spent his first day in office bashing the media for allegedly downplaying his inaugural turnout, reports the New York Times:
In a visit to the Central Intelligence Agency intended to showcase his support for the intelligence community, Mr. Trump ignored his own repeated public statements criticizing the intelligence community, a group he compared to Nazis just over a week ago.
He also called journalists “among the most dishonest human beings on earth,” and he said that up to 1.5 million people had attended his inauguration, a claim that photographs disproved.
Later, at the White House, he dispatched Sean Spicer, the press secretary, to the briefing room in the West Wing, where Mr. Spicer scolded reporters and made a series of false statements.
He said news organizations had deliberately misstated the size of the crowd at Mr. Trump’s inauguration on Friday in an attempt to sow divisions at a time when Mr. Trump was trying to unify the country, warning that the new administration would hold them to account.
According to the New York Daily News, there were roughly 250,000 people on the National Mall as Donald Trump was sworn into office.
Several images comparing Barack Obama’s inaugural turnout and the number of demonstrators that showed up to the Women’s March on Washington to Donald Trump’s inauguration crowd were circulated around social media. According to the Washington Post, more than half a million people attended the Women’s March.