President Donald Trump became "visibly enraged" over the weekend when he saw that the Women's March dwarfed the size of his inauguration crowd, The Washington Post reported.
White House sources told the Post that Trump's celebratory mood turned to "flashes of anger" less than 24 hours after he took office.
"Trump turned on the television to see a jarring juxtaposition — massive demonstrations around the globe protesting his day-old presidency and footage of the sparser crowd at his inauguration, with large patches of white empty space on the Mall," the paper reported. "As his press secretary, Sean Spicer, was still unpacking boxes in his spacious new West Wing office, Trump grew increasingly and visibly enraged."
Ignoring the advice of his advisers, Trump demanded Spicer deliver his now-infamous statement to the White House press corps, falsely insisting that no inauguration in history had been witnessed by more people.
On Monday, Spicer admitted that he had provided inaccurate numbers for Metro ridership on Inauguration Day, but he continued to insist that Trump's inauguration was the most viewed ever.
"The default narrative is always negative, and it's demoralizing," Spicer complained on Monday. “And I think that it’s just unbelievably frustrating when you’re continually told it’s not big enough, it’s not good enough, you can’t win.”
(h/t: Palmer Report)