Bernie Sanders just shut down President Trump’s boasting in a single tweet, using something Trump is particularly sensitive about.
On Saturday morning, Trump tweeted that his supporters should all hold a rally of their own, promising it would be the “biggest of them all!” Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont), who nearly won the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016, proceeded to tweet photos of Trump’s lackluster inauguration crowd, saying, “They did. It wasn’t.” As of this writing, Sanders’ tweet has been retweeted over 25,000 times in just two hours.
— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) February 25, 2017
President Trump is, of course, extremely sensitive on the topic of his Inauguration Day crowd. Trump previously claimed that his crowd was the largest in history, and White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer made the defense of that claim the main point of his first-ever briefing to the White House Press Corps. These two photos show that Trump’s inauguration audience was a fraction of what President Obama during his first inauguration:
— The New York Times (@nytimes) January 20, 2017
Politifact gave Spicer’s claim a “pants on fire” rating — which it reserves for the biggest of whoppers — and put crowd counts of previous inaugurations side-by-side. While Trump had somewhere between 250,000 and 600,000 attendees at his inauguration, President Obama had roughly 1 million people at his second inauguration, and a record-setting 1.8 million in January of 2009.
Trump did not respond to Sanders’ tweet. As of this time, it remains unclear whether or not Trump plans to organize a mass rally that would attract larger numbers than his inaugural crowd.
Tom Cahill is a writer for the Resistance Report based in the Pacific Northwest. He specializes in coverage of political, economic, and environmental news. You can contact him via email at [email protected], or follow him on Facebook.