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