Trump Did NOT Have The Most Viewed Inauguration in History, and That’s Ok

I suppose we can now expect to hear our new president and his press secretary rage about this for the next week or two.

It’s not like there are more pressing matters to attend to.

Trump, being a reality TV star, puts a lot of stock in popularity and TV ratings.

On Saturday, he launched a two-pronged attack on the media. As his press secretary, Sean Spicer, called a press conference for the sole purpose of disputing media reports that the crowd for Trump’s inauguration ceremony was less than for Obama’s 2009 ceremony, Trump himself made a stop at CIA headquarters. While there, Trump reiterated his attacks on the media, calling them “some of the most dishonest human beings on Earth.”

At least he acknowledged that they were human beings.

It was a lot of attention paid to what is a non-issue.

Whether it was a million people or five people who showed for the inauguration, Trump is still president and there’s still a lot of serious work he needs to be addressing. This is a non-issue.

That being said, Spicer, in his rant to the press, insisted that the Trump inauguration was the most watched inauguration in history, counting not only the crowd that showed up, but the TV network views, as well.

Unfortunately, it just wasn’t really true.

Neilsen data, collected by Bloomberg tells a different story.

Trump’s nearly 31 million television audience came 7 million short of Obama’s 2009 inauguration, and had almost 11 million fewer viewers than when Reagan was sworn into office in 1981.

According to Bloomberg, Trump did attract a larger audience than former Presidents Bill Clinton, George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush.

So his was the third highest viewed inauguration.

Is this reason for him to go off on Bloomberg, now? Perhaps the Neilsen viewer ratings system?

In his first 100 days as president, people want to see him roll up his sleeves and get to work. They want to see him accomplish some of the things he promised them while on the campaign trail.

The perpetual feuding will go over with his diehards for a bit, but eventually, they need to see more.

We all do.

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