Donald Trump campaigned on his ability to draw huge crowd sizes, but the turnout for his inauguration was downright embarrassing.
According to Dan Gross, the Deputy Communications Director for Planning and Execution for the City of New York, just 250,000 people attended Donald’s swearing-in.
Crowd count is in:
Trump 2017: 250,000
Obama 2013: 1,000,000
Obama 2009: 1,800,000#Inauguration
— Dan Gross (@DanJGross) January 20, 2017
In 2009, 1,000,000 people showed up for President Obama’s inauguration followed by a massive 1,800,000 attendees in 2013.
.@AP aerial photos of Obama's 2009 inauguration (on top) and Trump's 2017 inauguration (on bottom) pic.twitter.com/wfGaiO5CBe
— Josh Lederman (@joshledermanAP) January 20, 2017
The crowd size comparison, from 2009 and today. pic.twitter.com/iMYZy9PRK8
— Matt Viser (@mviser) January 20, 2017
It wasn’t just the ceremony itself that people decided to skip. The parade had more participants than viewers as Donald made his way down Pennsylvania Ave.
President Trump was warmly greeted here at the White House but few people filled the stands on Pennsylvania Ave pic.twitter.com/UmSQIb2bqk
— Steve Kastenbaum (@SKastenbaum) January 20, 2017
There are more people marching in this parade than watching it. pic.twitter.com/PW3HQj8CcZ
— Josh Rogin (@joshrogin) January 20, 2017
Parade route from Capital to WH. Entire stands empty. Crowd thin. pic.twitter.com/7AcpJkBO8O
— Katy Tur (@KatyTurNBC) January 20, 2017
The Trump spokespeople have attempted to blame the low turnout on the weather, but let’s remind everyone that back in 2009 it was just 28º outside.
According to WMATA, the Washington area transit authority recorded 193,000 trips that had been taken on the city’s subway system at 11am. At the same hour in 2009, that number was 513,000. The same time for the second Obama inauguration saw 317,000 riders, and President George W. Bush’s second inauguration saw 197,000 riders by 11am.
It’s a dismal day for America.