During his first appearance before the press as President Trump’s press secretary, Sean Spicer attacked the media for accurately reporting that Trump’s inauguration was attended by a relatively small crowd.
Spicer also went after a Time magazine journalist for a mistake he made in a tweet about a bust of Martin Luther King, Jr. that sits in the Oval Office.
In the latest sign that the Trump administration plans to wage war on reality, Spicer refused to accept that attendance for Trump’s inauguration was smaller than for President Obama’s in 2009.
“This was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration. Period,” Spicer said. “Both in person and around the globe.”
He blamed “floor coverings [that] were used to protect the grass on the mall” for making it look like there was lots of empty space. In fact, there was just lots of empty space.
“These attempts to lessen the enthusiasm of the inauguration are shameful and wrong,” Spicer said of the reporting.
Spicer’s statement came hours after President Trump gave his first speech to the CIA. Instead of focusing on his frayed relationship with the intelligence community, Trump spent about one-third of his speech attacking the press for their coverage of the inauguration.
“I have a running war with the media, Trump said. “They are among the most dishonest humans being on earth.”
Neither Trump nor Spicer said a word about the fact that earlier Saturday, about 500,000 people were marching in the streets of D.C. in response to Trump’s inauguration, or about twice as many as turned out for Trump’s ceremony the day before .