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REVEALED: Trump personally intervened to get government photographer to hide tiny inauguration crowds

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A combination of photos taken at the National Mall shows the crowds attending the inauguration ceremonies to swear in U.S. President Donald Trump at 12:01pm (L) on January 20, 2017 and President Barack Obama on January 20, 2009, in Washington, DC, U.S. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson (L), Stelios Varias

A new report from the Guardian claims that President Donald Trump personally intervened to get a government photographer to edit photos of his inauguration to hide evidence that his crowd size was smaller than the crowd at former President Barack Obama’s inauguration.

The publication has obtained documents showing that the photographer who snapped photos at the inauguration “cropped out empty space ‘where the crowd ended’ for a new set of pictures requested by Trump on the first morning of his presidency.”

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According to the report, the National Park Service had to scramble to alter the original photographs on the day after the inauguration in order to appease a furious Trump. Former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer made “multiple” calls to the NPS to badger them about when the new photographs would be ready, the records show.

One official, whose name was redacted in the documents, says that Trump “wanted to see pictures that appeared to depict more spectators in the crowd” because many of the original ones showed “a lot of empty areas.”

Trump was furious when he saw that crowds for Obama’s 2009 inauguration dwarfed the crowds at his own inauguration in 2017. The president also infamously sent out Spicer to falsely claim that Trump’s inauguration crowd had been the largest in American history — a claim that Spicer later admitted that he regretted making.


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Lindsey Graham announces Amy Coney Barrett hearings — full Senate vote could occur days before the election

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Senate Judiciary Committee Lindsey Graham (R-SC) announced on Saturday that confirmation hearings for Judge Amy Coney Barrett would commence on October 12th.

Graham made the announcement on Fox News, hours after Trump officially nominated Barrett to fill the U.S. Supreme Court seat vacated by the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Shortly after Graham made the announcement on Fox News, the Judiciary Committee confirmed the timeline, CNN's Phil Mattingly reported.

https://twitter.com/Phil_Mattingly/status/1310025495623409674

PBS Newshour correspondent Lisa Desjardins did the math on confirmation hearings beginning on October 12th and concluded the final Senate vote could occur on October 28th or 29th -- which are the Wednesday and Thursday immediately preceding the Novermber 2nd election.

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Trump whines press didn’t cover the ‘two Nobel Prizes’ — that he didn’t win

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The leader of the free world spoke of the Nobel Peace Prize as if he had repeatedly won the award.

Trump made the complaints he has not received the recognition he thinks he deserves during a campaign rally in Middletown, Pennsylvania.

"They didn't cover two Nobel Prizes," Trump says he told first lady Melania Trump. "I got two in one week, did you ever hear of that?"

Trump received two nominations, he has never won a Nobel Peace Prize.

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Portland police search for white man who kicked Black journalist in the head at ‘Proud Boys’ rally

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On Saturday, the far-right group the "Proud Boys" held a rally at Delta Park in Portland, Oregon.

Zane Sparling, of The Portland Tribune documented the scene, with many attendees wearing militia dress.

https://twitter.com/PDXzane/status/1309945564922961920

Sparling captured video of a man pushing a Black journalist to the ground and kicking him in the head:

Man pushes live-streamer to the ground and kicks him in the face at Proud Boys is rally in Portland pic.twitter.com/SAdHShqir3

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