‘Embarrassing and pathetic’: Twitter rips Spicer’s claim that Trump inaugural crowd was ‘largest ever’
Apparently stung by reports that the inaugural turnout for President Donald Trump was smaller than in recent years, the Trump administration held a press conference on Saturday evening in which newly minted Press Secretary Sean Spicer angrily insisted Friday’s crowd was “the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration — period.”
“This was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration — period,” Trump White House press secretary claims https://t.co/ICcog0Ivxt
— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) January 21, 2017
While a definitive crowd size figure is hard to come by, current estimates hover at around 250,000 attendees, a number that was dwarfed on Saturday by the number of protesters attending the Women’s March on Washington. Social media users responded with a mixture of scorn and disbelief that one of Spicer’s first major press appearances would be to float such an easily disproven lie and then refuse to take questions.
@ChuckWendig “Mister Spicer, that duck appears to be made of yellow plastic.”
“NO QUESTIONS!” *storms out*
— Tilly (@TillyWoden) January 21, 2017
Spicer spent the first FIVE MINUTES berating the media for their TWEETS!
Dude, you are the WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY not a radio host! https://t.co/tWWAYzmDor
— JamesFromTheInternet (@JamesFTInternet) January 21, 2017
— Stephen Culp (@StephenRCulp) January 21, 2017
— Dominic Holden (@dominicholden) January 21, 2017
— Brian Steinberg (@bristei) January 21, 2017
imagine being ordered by your boss to go before the national press and say actually, we are indeed very cool
— Simon Maloy (@SimonMaloy) January 21, 2017
— Sarah Burris (@SarahBurris) January 21, 2017
— Jon Hutson (@JonHutson) January 21, 2017
Is he referring to the people across the world laughing at us? Because y’all coulda had that sad little parade over the phone. https://t.co/d2NapOpeJD
— JamilahIsoke Lemieux (@JamilahLemieux) January 21, 2017
I moved on huge inauguration crowd size like a bitch, but I couldn’t get there.
— David Waldman (@KagroX) January 21, 2017
— Mark Berman (@markberman) January 21, 2017
On his first full day, he sent his mouthpiece out to bully the media and tell a blatant lie. I don’t hold out hope for the next 99 days. https://t.co/U3B3cvxdTN
— Michele (@inthefade) January 21, 2017
This is not a political campaign. It is not a game. This is now the White House lying to the American people.
— Binyamin Appelbaum (@BCAppelbaum) January 21, 2017
3 Doors Down had the best album of 2016. They will be awarded a Grammy in three weeks. No questions please. pic.twitter.com/wJAyHLOOLZ
— Tommy Alter (@MrTalter) January 21, 2017
Sean Spicer’s wife: Chicken was a little dry
Sean Spicer: THIS IS OUTRAGEOUS AND DEFAMATORY. THE CHICKEN WAS COOKED PERFECTLY. WE DEMAND HON
— Gary Legum (@GaryLegum) January 21, 2017
WHY YOU LYING
— Saeed Jones (@theferocity) January 21, 2017
It is embarrassing, as an American, to watch this briefing by Sean Spicer from the podium at the White House. Not the RNC. The White House.
— Bill Kristol (@BillKristol) January 21, 2017
The cameras failed to detect Trump’s stealth supporters on the Mall and in the grandstands. But they were there.
— Jack Shafer (@jackshafer) January 21, 2017
If the press doesn’t come out and call Sean Spicer a LIAR, they’re completely useless. The fourth estate needs to show up.
— Matt Murphy (@MattMurph24) January 21, 2017
He was Mark Foley staffer from 1999 to 2004 https://t.co/RNR7pBaqak
— Teddy Partridge (@teddysanfran) January 21, 2017
Prediction: Sean Spicer quits by March 15
— Pete Catapano (@pcatapano) January 21, 2017
Somebody give Sean Spicer a snickers lol
— Matt (@matthewabdelhak) January 21, 2017
The Sean Spicer press conference is terrifying because it’s a textbook look at how dictatorships are built and maintained through propaganda
— Sam McPunchNazis🌹 (@SamMcIntosh) January 21, 2017
Dear Sean Spicer,
I’ve always wanted to meet you.
— Eric Wolfson (@EricWolfson) January 21, 2017
Between trumplethinskins’ speech at CIA and Sean Spicer’s performance art, gaslighting now the official mode of public communication.
— Surly01 (@Surly01) January 21, 2017
— Matt Ortega (@MattOrtega) January 21, 2017