Donald Trump was so insistent that the crowds at his inauguration were the largest since Reagan (when they were almost certainly the smallest since Reagan) that he ordered the National Park Service to produce the photos that they had taken of the inauguration. Apparently, Trump actually believed that the images would prove the media lied about the size of the crowd. Trump claims that 1.5 million people attended (which, frankly, is pretty unbelievable). He also claimed that the media purposely doctored the photos to make them look sparse, which is completely unbelievable.
If he had just shut up, the whole thing would have faded on its own. But that’s not how The Donald works. He has to double down on everything.
So the park service (who undoubtably have better things to do) put the photos together and sent them to the While House.
Having been accused repeatedly of lying, the media then issued a Freedom of Information Act request for the photos, and they just got them. And the photos clearly show what everyone who doesn’t have TDS (Trump Derangement Syndrome) already knew: that Trump had around one third the crowd that Obama had. Multiple experts on crowd size agree.
Expect another tweet storm.
Also published on Medium.