President Trump accused the New York Times of lying by showing two pictures of the New England Patriots with him and his predecessor.
Despite showing no evidence to back up his claim that the nation’s paper of record was lying, our profoundly insecure president tweeted that the “failing” New York Times — which added almost 300,000 new subscriptions between November and February — lied in its story about the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots squad coming to the White House on Wednesday.
Failing @nytimes, which has been calling me wrong for two years, just got caught in a big lie concerning New England Patriots visit to W.H.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 20, 2017
As this site reported yesterday, the photographic evidence says it all, both in terms of how much smaller the 2017 Patriots squad who attended the White House photo-op was in comparison to the 2015 championship team’s visit, and in terms of how uncomfortable the players look standing next to Trump compared to their wide grins when standing next to former President Barack Obama.
As the two photos clearly show, the 2017 photo shows 60 fewer people than the 2015 photo. The New York Times accurately reported on the sparse turnout for President Trump’s photo-op, as multiple players — along with MVP Tom Brady — skipped out on going to the White House this year. Five players on the Super Bowl 51 championship team — Devin McCourty, Chris Long, Martellus Bennett, LeGarrette Blount, and Alan Branch — publicly boycotted the White House trip in protest of Trump’s policies.
Kevin Wallace is a journalist with five years’ experience in print and digital media, and covers politics, media, and culture for the Resistance Report. He lives in Tallahassee, Florida.