Well, okay, on to an article this morning from the New York Times:
"Crowd Scientists Say Women’s March in Washington Had 3 Times More People Than Trump’s Inauguration...Marcel Altenburg and Keith Still, crowd scientists at Manchester Metropolitan University in Britain, analyzed photographs and video taken of the National Mall and vicinity and estimated that there were about 160,000 people in those areas in the hour leading up to Mr. Trump’s speech Friday.
They estimated that at least 470,000 people were at the women’s march in Washington in the areas on and near the mall at about 2 p.m. Saturday."
I guess they are assuming about 90,000 ticketed people between the reflecting pool and the Capitol. That number seems significantly too high to me, but let's just leave the total at 250,000, or about one seventh the size of the crowd at Obama's 2009 inaugural. That is a humiliation for Trump so profound that cutting his estimated attendance even further could hardly make it worse.
Here is a very interesting graphic from the Times article:
Trump Inaugural crowd
Women's march crowd
Well, I don't even think I need to explain this to you. The events of these two days have stamped on the nation's consciousness the illegitimacy of Trump's Presidency, and how few people actually support him and his piggish, treasonous agenda.
The only thing to discuss about this any more is the insistence of Trump and his surrogates that his inaugural was the largest ever, despite the obviously ludicrous nature of those claims. People are writing this off as a product of Trump's diseased ego, and while I take a back seat to no one in accepting that he truly has one of the sickest egos ever to be seen, I think there is something else going on here. Right from the first full day of his Presidency, he is attempting to bully the American people into accepting whatever he says as true, no matter how patently false. His speech at the CIA was little more than a mixture of self-adulation combined with an implicit but clear warning of the danger of contradicting him in any way, and the behavior of his spokesmen yesterday and today only reinforced the threat that Trump is going to force people not to say a thing in public that counters his narrative. This is the behavior of Nazis, of Stalinists. We'll see how far the supine mainstream media in this country go to abet him in forcing the American people to accept his lies, over and over again.